Prof. Bankole Sodipo is the Senior Partner at G.O. Sodipo & Co. and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1986. He received his LLM degree from the University of Lagos while in legal practice at Chief G.O Sodipo and Co and his Ph.D. in law from Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London in 1995.
He is the author of several books namely “Nigeria’s Foreign Investment Laws and Intellectual Property Rights” London, University of London, 1994, Piracy and Counterfeiting: GATT TRIPS and Developing Countries” Kluwer Law International, London-The Hague-Boston, 1997, The Echo of a Judge: Selected Lectures of Muhamud Babatunde Belgore, CJ, (ed) Evans Nigeria Ltd, 2006, Copyright Law: Principles, Practice and Procedure, Adroit, 2010, and Justice and Lawyering: Preserving Nigeria’s Nascent Democracy, selected lectures of Justice George Adesola Oguntade, JSC CON (ed) Adroit 2010.
He is rated as a pioneer, He has consistently made significant contribution to the development of Intellectual Property Law in Nigeria, in line with which he was a member of the 1988 Copyright Drafting Law Committee that prepared the Nigerian Copyright Act 1988 and is the President of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Nigeria which is the local organization that liaises between the government and the private sector in lobbying for reforms in the administration, adjudication and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights. He was equally a member of the committee that drafted Nigeria’s Intellectual Property Policy. He has contributed to teaching the Masters programme at Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London and is a visiting guest lecturer at the Nigeria Law School.
He is a regular contributor to leading international journals. He has also worked with leading firm of solicitors and at Barristers’ chambers in London. He organizes and speaks at conferences in Nigeria and internationally; these include the Frankfurt Book Fair, the Copyright Society of America; the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the University of Maastricht. He is a visiting guest lecturer at the University College, London; an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Intellectual Property Institute, Queen Mary & Westfield College and a Consultant to the World Intellectual Property Organization.
He continuous to represent clients in contentious and non-contentious matters, for instance he successfully instituted court proceedings on behalf of MR. BIGG’S, (Nigeria’s largest food chain restaurant) to restrain the use of its get–up by BIG MACC’S restaurant. The Court of Appeal granted an injunction against the defendant from further use of name/get-up. The defendant restaurant changed its name to HUNGER BUSTERS and went burst soon after. He is also a Professor of Law and Corporate law Lecturer at Babcock University, Nigeria.