Department profile submitted by G. Elias & Co.
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