Intellectual Property & Technology

Our intellectual property unit is involved in the maintenance, protection and enforcement of our clients’ industrial and intellectual property rights either in isolation or as an offshoot of related transactional matters. Some of these areas include Entertainment and Media, Art, Sports, Trademarks, Copyright, Patents and Trade Secrets as well as licensing and ancillary international trade issues. 

We are particularly skilled in all maintenance work at the Nigerian Trademarks and Patents Registry involving the application for, publication, registration and renewals of trademarks. We also undertake the assignment of such marks as well as recordations of registered user agreements to third parties or subsidiaries. Our expertise also extends to the filing, prosecution or defence of our clients’ applications in opposition proceedings before the Registrar of Trademarks. 

In the area of enforcement, our firm’s intellectual property unit in tandem with the Dispute Resolution Department is versed in the prosecution and or defence of copyright, trademarks and patent infringement actions at various levels. We can obtain ex-parte, interlocutory, Anton Piller or Class Injunctions depending on the exigencies of action as well as instigate anti-counterfeiting proceedings under the Nigerian Merchandise Marks Act. 

Our firm handles applications for the issuance of product licenses before the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and can advise on the transfer of technology requirements within the Nigerian investment climate, through the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP).

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