This department is very versatile, effective and challenging. We have one of the best intellectual property lawyers in the country as a senior partner in the firm. Services offered here include:
- Computer Law and Information Technology
Advising manufacturers, software users, developers, distributors and the providers and users of computer based services.
Negotiating and drafting contracts on the sale, hire and use of hardware and software. Facility management, electronic data interchange, protection of rights and licensing. Handling computer related disputes through litigation, arbitration and other alternative resolution mechanisms. Advice on the impact of GATT and ECOWAS on technology transfer, cabling, intellectual property and multimedia. Advice on issues relating to transactions on the information superhighway (Internet).
- Intellectual Property
We provide full range of intellectual property service for contentious and non-contentious matters. Prosecution of and oppositions to applications for trademarks, designs and patents. Litigation of intellectual property disputes. Advisory work on strategies for product branding and brand protection. Research and development agreements, financial aspects of commercializing inventions, biotechnology. Intellectual property audit and technology transfer. Licensing, including negotiation and drafting of licences and compliance with regulatory authorities including the National Office of Technology Acquisition & Promotion (NOTAP) and the National Food and Drug Administration Council (NAFDAC).
We act as advisers to government regulatory bodies such as the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), on matters of policy, regulation and the discharge of their duties generally. We seek out Nigerian licensees for foreign copyright owners and monitor the execution of such licences. A partner in the firm was a member of the 1988 Copyright Drafting Law Committee that prepared the new 1988 Copyright Decree. He is a regular speaker at intellectual property conferences and he was for some years a visiting guest lecturer at the Nigerian Law School where he introduced the teaching of intellectual property law. He holds a Doctorate degree, (PhhD) in law from the University of London where he contributed to teaching intellectual property.
- Media, Entertainment & Franchising
We are an all-rounder in this sector with probably the largest entertainment practice in Nigeria. Clients range from financiers to creative talents (including architects), managers, producers, recording and publishing companies and film production firms. Our work often involves compliance with regulations, due diligence, copyright clearance, television, film and record production and distribution of agreements, commissioning of artistic works, multi-media, issues relating to the operations of the information superhighway (the Internet), tele news, telecommunications, sponsorship, advertising, merchandising, publishing and broadcasting including the financial aspects thereof.