John is the partner in charge of the Firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology Department and is currently overseeing our nascent Energy, Infrastructure and Natural Resources sector. John has garnered considerable experience and expertise in the field of Intellectual Property Law both in the general maintenance of various IP rights and related litigation. He has had cause to represent a number of multinational companies in the protection and enforcement of their IP rights in Nigeria, appearing before superior courts of record in trademark enforcement proceedings. He has obtained Anton Piller Orders and Interlocutory / permanent injunctions against counterfeiters in multi-party class actions.
John has extensive civil and commercial litigation experience and has represented numerous clients in labour and employment law, banking and insurance, breach of contract actions and general transactional arrangements. His expertise extends to various forms of intellectual property licensing, International Trade and Economic law, the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments, Sovereign Debt disputes, International Investment matters and Telecommunications. He has settled appellate briefs before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in collaboration with other attorneys on sensitive and pivotal issues under US Immigration law and practice and acted as lead counsel (admitted pro hac vice) in a landmark administrative appeal over the regulation of professional licenses before the Virginia Circuit Court.
A cross-section of previous and existing clients include: Guinness Plc., Societe des Produits Nestle SA, Groupe Danone, Coca Cola, Inc., United Distillers Plc., Yaba College of Technology, AlliedSignal Ltd., Nabisco Inc., Unilever Plc., FanMilk International, MTN Nigeria, VoiceWeb International, OVH Energy and Facebook. He was privy to a number of the Qualcomm patent and licensing litigations with a number of European telecom competitors and the LimeWire copyright infringement litigation filed by the major Media Companies and the Recording Industry Association of America against peer-to-peer internet users. Prior to joining the firm, John was in private law practice in New York and had previously worked at Messrs. Allan & Ogunkeye, and The Law Union (both in Nigeria) as well as with Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP., in Manhattan. He currently sits on the editorial board of the Copyright Lawyer Magazine, U.K.
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law – Masters in Intellectual Property Law, (LL.M.)
University of Lagos, Nigeria – Masters in International Law and Diplomacy, (M.I.L.D.)
University of Lagos, Nigeria – Master of Laws, (LL.M.)
Nigerian Law School, Lagos – Barrister at Law (BL)
University of Benin, Nigeria – Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) with Honors