Intellectual Property

The Firm provides a full range of legal services relating to the protection, exploitation, and litigation of intellectual property rights. The practice group for Intellectual Property combines strong expertise and local knowledge of specific industry sectors such as pharmaceutical and general consumer products, communications, Information Technology and the media, to provide the ability to give more bespoke and specific advice.

In particular, the firm delivers unparalleled services in the following key areas at competitive and efficient costing –

  • Commercial  – advice in transactions covering industrial and intellectual property acquisitions, royalties, franchises, licensing and other international trade protection measures.
  • Corporate and Regulatory – an excellent working relationship with Trade Mark, Patent and Design registries provision of timely and accurate filings affords protection of clients’ interest to both local and international businesses in Nigeria.
  • Brand Management – which includes Brand Protection and Anti-counterfeiting services.
  • Litigation in opposition to registration and actions for passing-off, protection of mercantile marks and products, seizure and disposal of offending goods, injunctions and actions related to; parallel trading activities; copyright collecting society and IT protection actions.
  • Watch Service – Diligent and efficient search for trademarks that are conflicting with existing marks, as well as potential clients’ trademarks and notifying them of same.
  • Instituting proceedings at the Trademarks Registry, to challenge the registration of trademarks that are identical or similar to Clients existing trademarks.
  • Negotiation of amicable settlement between opposing parties.
  • Extracting written undertakings from offenders to refrain from infringing on clients’ Intellectual Property rights.

Our knowledge and experience in Intellectual Property law and practice, coupled with our wealth of experience in commercial transactions, has equipped our lawyers in drafting of various contracts in relation to Intellectual Property, including copyright. Our experience in this regard covers contracts for performances and broadcasting; Publishing Agreement; Printing Agreement; Assignment and Licensing Agreements; Distributorship Agreement, Recording Agreement, Website Development and Maintenance Agreements amongst others.