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Intellectual Property — Nigeria


Jackson, Etti & Edu - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Uwa Ohiku
- 4 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Maintains its leading position in the market providing full-service IP advice to clients ranging from trade marks and patents to brand protection and licensing. Acts for key players in a diverse spread of industry sectors including financial services, consumer goods, technology, energy and healthcare. Advises on novel issues including the status of IP rights for companies in receivership.

Strengths Sources acknowledge the firm's prominent standing in the market: "They are the most prominent IP law firm in the country right now. They know their law and they have the relevant contacts in the industry to get the work done."

Clients value the depth of the team's expertise and its commercial awareness: "They are very attentive, they take their time to understand your business so they can give you the best services to suit your needs."

Work highlights Represented Citibank in a NGN4 billion trade mark infringement case, successfully enforcing action against multiple domestic companies.

Acted for Toyota Motors on a NGN2 billion trade mark infringement action brought against it over the use of the 'Lexus' trade mark in Nigeria.

Significant clients Baker Hughes, Heinz, Rotary International, Nokia, Johnson & Johnson.

Notable practitioners

"Seasoned lawyer" Chinyere Okorocha is highly respected in the market, with one peer explaining that "you can't speak about IP in Nigeria without speaking about Chinyere, a leading practitioner." She handles the portfolios of international clients from healthcare, tourism and commerce, advising on patent applications and regulatory issues.

Uwa Ohiku is regarded by sources as one of the best-known and most experienced names in the IP market, citing her as "highly respected and knowledgeable." She is active representing international clients in an array of IP mandates including securities, trade mark infringements, application disputes and industrial design cases.

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Allan & Ogunkeye - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Long-standing firm that remains highly regarded in the market for its IP practice and is particularly noted for its proficiency handling trade mark and patent mandates. The experienced team is highlighted for its significant litigious practice in the enforcement and protection of trade descriptions and industrial designs.

Strengths Sources highlight the firm's litigious talents, stating that the lawyers "have a lot of experience and consistency."

Notable practitioners

Obatosin Ogunkeye has a wealth of experience representing clients in contentious matters such as product liability claims, contract disputes and infringements. He is praised for his intelligence and experience in the market, with one source enthusing that "if there's a big dispute he will succeed on it."

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Banwo & Ighodalo - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Femi Olubanwo and Olumide Osundolire
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Renowned IP practice with extensive regulatory knowledge and significant experience advising on IP asset acquisition, often involving international corporations. Noted for its activity in the areas of anti-counterfeiting and design infringement. Regularly handles trade mark and licensing matters for major clients in the telecoms, technology and consumer goods industries.

Strengths Market commentators laud the firm's efficiency and responsiveness, stating that "they're very nimble, they can turn around work really quickly."

Work highlights Successfully represented QVC in a domain name dispute before the Nigerian Internet Registration Authority.

Advised GlaxoSmithKline on the IP aspects of the USD79.2 million divestment of its drinks business in Nigeria to Suntory Beverage and Food.

Significant clients Heineken, Troyka Holdings, BlackBerry, Church & Dwight, StarTimes.

Notable practitioners

Sources highlight Femi Olubanwo as "very active and very visible in IP, his work contributes to the development of this area of law." He represents multinational clients, utilising his expertise in copyright and trade mark infringement and regulation relating to acquisitions. He has particularly notable clients in the software and technology sectors.

Senior associate Chinasa Uwanna is described by commentators as a "rising star," while others praise her as "dedicated to her work and dedicated to her clients." Her practice covers copyright, trade mark and manufacturing disputes.

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Banwo & Ighodalo's Intellectual Property and Technology Group assists foreign and local clients in the management, protection and enforcement of their intellectual property (“IP”) and other related rights in Nigeria. Our services include:

a) provision of legal advice on IP rights in relation to brand names and their usage, creative works and inventions, product development, licensing and exploitation of IP rights, provision of anti-counterfeiting services and acquisition and transfer of technology; 

b) prosecution of trademark, patent and designs applications (new applications, renewals, recordals of licenses, assignments, mergers, etc.) in Nigeria, product registration and regulatory compliance matters with relevant agencies; 

In the area of IP, we cover not only Nigeria but other African countries and jurisdictions, including the African Intellectual Property Organisation and African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation member countries, through an efficient network of local associates.

Furthermore, we have a specialist team of Litigators and Alternative Dispute Resolution experts who have relevant experience in Intellectual Property disputes. They continually devise winning strategies to ensure adequate protection of our Nigerian and foreign clients’ Intellectual Property rights and interests and are currently advising on, prosecuting and defending a number of Intellectual Property related suits before the Federal High Court, on behalf of clients.

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O. Kayode & Co - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Omolara Kayode
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Robust boutique firm commended by the market for its activity, growing reputation and wide-reaching IP practice, covering all facets of trade mark, copyright, patent and design work. Increasingly active in IP litigation cases including enforcement and infringement proceedings with a growing anti-counterfeit and investigation practice. Attracts domestic and international clients in technology and consumer goods.

Strengths Commentators recognise the group's growing presence in the IP market: "They have been growing the practice and have become quite prominent in the market."

Sources note the team's quality and knowledge: "They produce good-quality work and have a very good grasp of IP law."

Work highlights Advised Fujifilm on a protracted trade mark registration matter resulting in a favourable outcome for the client.

Represented Romi Smilfood in a long-standing dispute with the registry office over the trade mark 'Cook Brand & Device' in class 29, successfully overturning the registry's initial refusal.

Notable practitioners

Omolara Kayode is a "seasoned IP lawyer" and a leading figure in the market. She is admired by peers for being "very active, particularly internationally." She expertly represents domestic and international clients from various industries including pharmaceuticals, advertising and food and drink handling anti-counterfeit portfolios and trade mark disputes.

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Stillwaters Law Firm - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded firm with a strong IP practice, particularly in maintenance actions. Active handling licensing, transfer of technology and franchising matters and acting in disputes resulting from copyright and trade mark infringements. Possesses notable expertise advising clients across the regional OAPI nations.

Strengths Market commentators enthuse over the firm's knowledge and forward-thinking approach, with sources describing the lawyers as "dynamic people who are growing" in the market.

Sources note the group's activity and proficiency in the field: "They are prominent in the handling of actions at the trade mark registry."

Notable practitioners

Afamefuna Nwokedi is highly regarded for his in-depth knowledge of the field, with commentators describing him as "synonymous with IP." He is noted for his transactional and litigious experience and currently sits as chair of the IP Committee for the Nigerian Bar Association.

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Abdulai, Taiwo & Co - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Ladi Taiwo and Bunmi Binitie
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-established practice covering mandates pertaining to trade marks, patents and licensing agreements. Retained as local counsel by several impressive international clients for the maintenance and protection of their IP portfolios. Noted in the market for its litigious capabilities in the field.

Strengths Sources remark on the team's activity and praise its IP disputes practice: "They are very good at what they do, particularly IP litigation."

Work highlights Advises Procter & Gamble on the filing, registration and maintenance of its trade marks portfolio in Nigeria.

Assists Gillette with its Nigerian trade marks portfolio including filing, registration and maintenance.

Significant clients FrieslandCampina, Nokia, Duracell, Namaste Laboratories, Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries.

Notable practitioners Chair of the firm's IP department Ladi Taiwo is a key contact.

About the Team (content provided by Abdulai, Taiwo & Co)

ATC intellectual property (IP) practice covers contentious and non-contentious matters for trademarks, brand protection, patents, designs and licensing agreements. ATC has for several years been the designated country agent and counsel to numerous foreign IP agents from all parts of the world for filing, registration, maintenance and protection of their IP portfolio in Nigeria.

Our professional affiliations: International Trademark Association (INTA); American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA); Intellectual Property Law Association of Nigeria (IPLAN).

Ladi Taiwo who is the chair of the IP department at ATC, is author and contributing author of several IP books.

Bunmi Binitie is the Partner who heads the IP Administration, viz. filing, registration and maintenance of the IP portfolio and brand protection at ATC. IP litigation team is headed by Akin Osinbajo, Senior Advocate of Nigeria; and former Attorney-General of Ogun State. He is the partner in charge of Dispute Resolution, and is presently leading the team representing Procter & Gamble at the Supreme Court of Nigeria, in an IP infringement case.

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ǼLEX - Intellectual Property Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Theophilus Emuwa
- 3 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Particularly identified in the market for its contentious work in relation to brand protection and patent infringement. Regularly advises on the review and negotiation of franchise agreements between international companies and Nigerian entities. Knowledgeable counselling on IP considerations involved in acquisitions.

Strengths Market sources highlight the team's intelligent approach to matters, stating that "they think creatively, which is what you need for this kind of work. They are clearly experienced and knowledgeable."

Clients enthuse over their experience with the firm: "It was fantastic. They were responsive, they answered my questions and all for an extremely reasonable price."

Work highlights Advised Coca-Cola on the acquisition of a 40% stake in dairy distributor CHI involving restructuring of IP ownership between the companies.

Represented Sproxil in two patent and copyright infringement cases brought by two parties before the Federal High Court in relation to the client's mobile authentication system.

Significant clients Mepha, Pioneer Fishing, Bharti Airtel, Vedan Enterprise, Rhodes Foods Group.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Theophilus Emuwa draws praise from market sources as "an exceptional gentleman" who is "very thorough" in his work. He has broad-ranging knowledge of IP with particular experience in trade mark registration and opposition, patent and copyright infringement and franchising.

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Aluko & Oyebode - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Mark Mordi and Uche Nwokocha
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Prominent firm in the Nigerian market with an impressive IP practice. Frequently engaged in trade mark disputes and copyright infringements with significant anti-counterfeiting experience. Manages registration and filing for a range of major clients in industry sectors including entertainment, pharmaceuticals and retail.

Strengths Clients value the team's prompt and attentive service and commercial awareness: "They deal with our requests on a timely basis, they're proactive on our matters and they follow our directions well. We're really happy."

Work highlights Represented multinational clothing company H&M in two trade mark infringement matters involving the unauthorised opening of outlets bearing the client's name resulting in the provision of cease and desist notices.

Advised Dyson Technology on its appeal against the Federal High Court decision to allow the registration of two trade marks in favour of Nulec Industries.

Significant clients Bel Impex, BASF West Africa, FIFA, Viacom International, Compagnie Gervais Danone.

Notable practitioners

Mark Mordi is hailed by market sources as a "brilliant lawyer and a diligent litigator, mediator and arbitrator." He represents international clients in contentious matters particularly in respect to franchise and trade mark agreements, including appeals and enforcement.

Uche Nwokocha manages portfolios for a number of international clients from sectors including retail and consumer goods. She is particularly active handling trade mark infringement matters and is praised by sources as "one of the leading practitioners in the market."

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G. Elias & Co - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Fred Onuobia
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Particularly known for its commercial IP practice, handling IP acquisitions and the subsequent franchising, licensing, re-registration and trade mark assignment. Advises major clients in sectors such as aviation and finance on patent and design protection and enforcement.

Strengths Sources value the team's responsiveness and out-of-the-box thinking: "They're prompt in responding to our enquiries and we are happy with the advice in that it's to the point and targeted. The lawyers are creative in suggesting solutions."

Interviewees praise its performance: "They're a solid law firm. The partners are responsive and produce good work."

Work highlights Represented First Bank of Nigeria in a NGN65 million copyright infringement lawsuit, defending the bank against claims made by the Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria.

Advises MTN Nigeria Communications on the management of its trade mark portfolio and defended it against claims of copyright infringement.

Significant clients United Bank for Africa, Frasers Hospitality, FMDQ OTC, ACI Worldwide, Tolaram Group.

Notable practitioners Fred Onuobia is the key IP contact for the firm.

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G. Elias & Co’s intellectual department is known for its advisory service to clients on data protection, commercialisation and licensing of their brands, and franchising options for international serviced apartments and provision of virtual offices. We also advise on registering franchise agreements with the regulators. We have advised on notable transactions for several corporates including MTN Nigeria Communications Ltd, FMDQ QTC Plc, and United Bank for Africa Plc. We advised Multipro Consumer Products Ltd. (“Multipro”) on the intellectual aspect of the acquisition by Kellogg of a 50% equity stake in Multipro where we prosecuted the assignment and re-registration of trademarks for the entity jointly owned by Kellogg and Tolaram. We also advised on the licensing of the “Indomie” trademark.

We submitted a paper to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, on patenting of computer software and biotechnology inventions. Furthermore, we are representing Mobile Decisioning Africa in patent law litigation in Nigeria. The action in question relates to the patentability of an invention to which multiple patent grants have been granted by the Patent Registry to several patentees. We are also representing MTN Nigeria Communications Limited and First Bank of Nigeria Limited in several suits relating to the infringement of trademarks and copyrights


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George Ikoli & Okagbue - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly involved in domestic IP maintenance actions, most notably in the area of trade mark registration. Well known for its commercial IP practice, counselling clients on various IP issues concerning commercial transactions in the energy and oil and gas markets.

Strengths Market sources attest to its long-standing reputation for reliability in the field of IP, affectionately describing the firm as the "Old Faithful in the market," with others noting it as a "very good commercial and IP law firm."

Notable practitioners Sam Okagbue is a key contact at the firm.

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G.O Sodipo & Co - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-known team active in copyright and patent infringements, particularly in relation to software, technology and multimedia. Frequently engages in IP management mandates including the drafting, registration and protection of business trade marks and brands.

Strengths Market commentators pinpoint the team's technical ability as well as its considerable IP experience, commenting that the firm offers clients "a world of knowledge."

Notable practitioners

Senior partner and "seasoned practitioner" Bankole Sodipo is commended by market sources as "one of the most qualified IP practitioners in Nigeria." He is best known for his extensive work on copyright law including litigation.

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Band 1

O. Kayode & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Omolara Kayode is a "seasoned IP lawyer" and a leading figure in the market. She is admired by peers for being "very active, particularly internationally." She expertly represents domestic and international clients from various industries including pharmaceuticals, advertising and food and drink handling anti-counterfeit portfolios and trade mark disputes.

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Band 1

Jackson, Etti & Edu

From the Chambers Global guide

Uwa Ohiku is regarded by sources as one of the best-known and most experienced names in the IP market, citing her as "highly respected and knowledgeable." She is active representing international clients in an array of IP mandates including securities, trade mark infringements, application disputes and industrial design cases.

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Band 1

Chinyere Okorocha

Jackson, Etti & Edu

From the Chambers Global guide

"Seasoned lawyer" Chinyere Okorocha is highly respected in the market, with one peer explaining that "you can't speak about IP in Nigeria without speaking about Chinyere, a leading practitioner." She handles the portfolios of international clients from healthcare, tourism and commerce, advising on patent applications and regulatory issues.

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Band 1

Banwo & Ighodalo

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources highlight Femi Olubanwo as "very active and very visible in IP, his work contributes to the development of this area of law." He represents multinational clients, utilising his expertise in copyright and trade mark infringement and regulation relating to acquisitions. He has particularly notable clients in the software and technology sectors.

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Band 2

Aluko & Oyebode

From the Chambers Global guide

Mark Mordi is hailed by market sources as a "brilliant lawyer and a diligent litigator, mediator and arbitrator." He represents international clients in contentious matters particularly in respect to franchise and trade mark agreements, including appeals and enforcement.

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Band 2

Afamefuna Francis Nwokedi

Stillwaters Law Firm

From the Chambers Global guide

Afamefuna Nwokedi is highly regarded for his in-depth knowledge of the field, with commentators describing him as "synonymous with IP." He is noted for his transactional and litigious experience and currently sits as chair of the IP Committee for the Nigerian Bar Association.

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Band 2

Aluko & Oyebode

From the Chambers Global guide

Uche Nwokocha manages portfolios for a number of international clients from sectors including retail and consumer goods. She is particularly active handling trade mark infringement matters and is praised by sources as "one of the leading practitioners in the market."

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Band 2

Obatosin Ogunkeye

Allan & Ogunkeye

From the Chambers Global guide

Obatosin Ogunkeye has a wealth of experience representing clients in contentious matters such as product liability claims, contract disputes and infringements. He is praised for his intelligence and experience in the market, with one source enthusing that "if there's a big dispute he will succeed on it."

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Band 2

G.O Sodipo & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Senior partner and "seasoned practitioner" Bankole Sodipo is commended by market sources as "one of the most qualified IP practitioners in Nigeria." He is best known for his extensive work on copyright law including litigation.

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Band 3

Theophilus I Emuwa

ǼLEX

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Theophilus Emuwa draws praise from market sources as "an exceptional gentleman" who is "very thorough" in his work. He has broad-ranging knowledge of IP with particular experience in trade mark registration and opposition, patent and copyright infringement and franchising.

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Associates to watch

ACAS-Law (Adepetun, Caxton-Martins, Agbor & Segun)

From the Chambers Global guide

Senior associate and "standout individual" Uzoamaka Emerole of ACAS-Law (Adepetun, Caxton-Martins, Agbor & Segun) is quickly establishing herself in the marketplace. Sources cite "her knowledge of IP," "her dedication and involvement" and her technical capabilities.

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Associates to watch

Banwo & Ighodalo

From the Chambers Global guide

Senior associate Chinasa Uwanna is described by commentators as a "rising star," while others praise her as "dedicated to her work and dedicated to her clients." Her practice covers copyright, trade mark and manufacturing disputes.

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