Intellectual Property

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Intellectual Property

Your concepts and ideas, innovations, brand names and brand elements are all part of your firm’s assets and must be protected. From traditional firms who need advisory for patents, copyrights and trademarks, to more contemporary firms and entertainment outfits who require our services for their music rights, film rights and even contracts, the expertise of our IP portfolio and general advisory practice group is unrivalled by any other full-service commercial law firm in Nigeria.


We provide advisory as regards brand names and their usage, creative works and inventions, product development, licensing and exploitation of intellectual property rights and acquisition and transfer of technology as well as registration, recordals, assignment and licensing arrangements. We handle disputes covering the full spectrum of IP rights and work with our colleagues in the dispute resolution practice to co-ordinate litigation and settlement strategies for clients in the case of IP infringement. We keep abreast with regulators and stakeholders such as the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) so we can keep our clients from running afoul of regulatory law.


We provide general IP advisory to leading international and continental brands in Nigeria. Our IP team has handled the global trademark registration, assignment, licensing and sub-licensing of one of the largest conglomerates in Africa in over 20 countries spread across Africa and Europe. We also represented the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria in a copyright violation suit, as well as a leading detergent manufacturing company in passing off and trademark opposition actions.


2022 IP Wrap-Up and 2023 Forward Look

In 2022, Nigeria witnessed notable advancements for Intellectual Property (IP) protection with legislative and administrative efforts such as the passage of the Copyright Bill by the National Assembly and the validation of the National Intellectual Property Policy and Strategy (NIPPS). On the global front, brand owners proactively exploited and enforced their IP rights in the metaverse.
This report will explore some of last year’s significant IP developments and their impact on reshaping the IP landscape as well as highlight our projections for 2023.
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