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Dianne Daley McClure LL.B. (Hons), LL.M., is one of the founding partners of FOGA DALEY and the head of the firm’s Intellectual Property (IP) Department. Her principal practice areas are transactional IP rights and rights acquisition in the areas of trademarks, designs, copyright and related rights, patents and trade secrets. Her practice includes related areas such as IP rights licensing and administration and Entertainment, Media and Sports law.

Dianne is a CIDA scholar and has a Bachelor of Laws Degree with Honours from the University of the West Indies (UWI) and a Master’s Degree in Comparative Law from McGill University specializing in IP and International Copyright. She was called to the Jamaican Bar in 1990 and has over twenty years’ experience in IP law and practice. Her first job in the field was as legal director and head of Jamaica’s Copyright Office in 1995. Over the course of the next five years she advised government on legislative and policy issues touching all types of IP Rights and represented the Government as IP Expert at international forums including WIPO, UNESCO & FTAA.

Dianne has been a recommended trademark practitioner making the list of recommended Caribbean firms and individual practitioners in World Trademark Review’s (WTR 1000) – a definitive guide to the World’s Leading Trademark Professionals for the past seven (7) years. She is one of only 2 women from the Caribbean to make the list of “IP STARS Top 250 Women in IP for 2017” which recognises female IP practitioners in private practice from around the world who have performed exceptionally for their clients and firms in the past year.

Her professional memberships include:

  • The International Association of the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP).
  • The International Trademark Association (INTA).
  • The Global Advertising Lawyers’ Alliance (GALA) (Exclusive Member for English Commonwealth Caribbean Countries).
  • The Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI).
  • The AEA International Lawyers Network.
  • The Intellectual Property Caribbean Association (IPCA).
  • The Jamaican Bar Association.

Dianne is the Chairman of the Jamaican Copyright Licensing Agency (JAMCOPY), Chairman of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Jamaican Bar Association and also a member of the Technology, Telecommunications and Broadcasting Committee. She is Company Secretary for the Jamaica Music Society (JAMMS). Dianne has authored several publications including a monograph on Jamaica’s Intellectual Property Laws published in the International Encyclopaedia of Laws, Kluwer Law International (2008) and the Jamaica Chapter on Copyright in Copyright throughout the World, West (2009).

Dianne is currently an Associate Lecturer for the Master of Laws Degree Programme on Intellectual Property in the Creative and Cultural Industries at the Faculty of Law, Mona Campus. Previous appointments include Consultant for the Commonwealth Secretariat and the UK Commission on Intellectual Property Rights, Acting Chairman of the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO) Advisory Board; Deputy Chairman of Jamaica’s Copyright Tribunal; Special Ministerial Advisor on Intellectual Property, Coordinator for the establishment of JIPO, and head of Jamaica’s Copyright Unit.

Outside of work, Dianne is a singer and songwriter of Christian music and a Praise & Worship leader at church and is passionate about fulfilling God’s call on her life.

Nicole Foga

Nicole Foga is the Managing Partner of FOGA DALEY and heads the firm’s Commercial Department. Her practice areas include Cyber Law, Intellectual Property, and Commercial Law. She provides advice on structuring commercial acquisitions and mergers focused on intellectual property and technology assets.

Nicole is frequently requested to advise on the licensing of Information and Communication Technology assets, review endorsement and merchandising agreements for Athletes, Entertainers and Producers, register sanitary products, and establish and maintain start-ups and philanthropic organizations. Nicole qualified as an Attorney-at-Law in Jamaica in 1993 and holds a Master of Laws in Commercial Law from the Aberdeen University in Scotland, a Bachelor of Laws Degree as well as a Bachelor of Arts Degree with First Class Honours from the University of the West Indies. She has been a Tutor and Lecturer at the University of Technology and the Norman Manley Law School, a tutor at the Law faculty of the University of the West Indies and is a guest lecturer for the Mona School of Business, University of the West Indies.

Nicole is an experienced negotiator in the sale, licensing and acquisition of intangible assets and securing regulatory approvals from the Ministry with responsibility for telecommunications and the Ministry of Health. She has advised on domain name protection, online dispute resolution, legal issues related to social media, other cyberlaw issues, software development, and property acquisition by BPO service providers.

Nicole serves as Chairman of the Telecommunications, Broadcasting and Technology Committee of the Jamaican Bar Association, Chairman of the University of Technology Pension Fund, Deputy Chairman of the Jamaican Copyright Tribunal and Director and Company Secretary for Kingston Properties Limited, a public company which is Jamaica’s pioneer Real Estate Investment Trust.

She is also the Director and Company Secretary for the Usain Bolt Foundation, a former Director and Company Secretary for the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica and served four years as a member of the International Committee of the Council on Foundations in the USA.

Prior to co-founding the Firm, Nicole was the Legal Advisor to the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Technology, the first General Counsel for the Office of Utilities Regulation, Legal Advisor to the Broadcasting Commission in Jamaica, and a Crown Counsel in the Attorney General’s Chambers. Nicole has been an invited speaker at national, international and regional conferences and has authored and delivered many papers on telecommunications and intellectual property particularly in the context of digital issues.

Nicole authored Cyber Law in Jamaica, 2012, co-authored with Dianne Daley IP Rights and Caribbean ICT Industries: The Case for Reform - published in Ringtones of Opportunity, 2012 and is currently in the process of updating Cyber Law in Jamaica projected to be finalized before the end of 2017.

In her spare time Nicole grows vegetables, maintains her floral and herbal garden, and takes pictures of her flowers and agricultural produce. She also loves to grill, experiment with seasonings and use her smoker.