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Department Profile

Abdulai, Taiwo & Co Intellectual Property Department


  • Profile
  • Goodwill House
  • 278 Ikorodu Road
  • PO Box 536, Yaba
  • Lagos
  • Lagos
  • Nigeria

Department profile submitted 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.


  • Automobiles & Parts
  • Banks
  • Charities / Not for Profit
  • Chemicals
  • Commercial & Professional Services
  • Construction & Materials
  • Consumer Product Manufacturing
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Financial Services
  • Food & Drink Producers
  • Forestry & Paper
  • Government
  • Health Care
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Insurance
  • Media
  • Mining & Metals
  • Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate
  • Software & Computer Services
  • Sports
  • Technology, Hardware & Electronics
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation
  • Travel & Leisure
  • Utilities


  • Dabur India
  • Duracell Batteries BVBA
  • Emzor Pharmaceuticals
  • Fidson Healthcare Plc.
  • FrieslandCampina Nederland Holding B.V
  • Gillette
  • Himalaya Global
  • Namaste Laboratories LLC.
  • NOKIA Corpn.
  • Procter & Gamble

In the case of Duracell Batteries B.V.B.A vs McZen Ltd. and Others. ATC represented Duracell Batteries in prosecuting an infringement, and succeeded to get a perpetual injunction at the Federal High Court against the class of persons selling Duracell look-alike batteries, ie. Black and copper colour combination. This case has established a legal precedent in Nigeria to re-affirm IP rights in shapes and colours of goods. ATC represented The Coca-Cola Company in the buyout acquisition of trademarks hitherto owned by some local soft drink bottlers, viz. “LIMCA”; “PARLE SODA”; “GOLD SPOT”; “EVA”. In the matter of Olo Chapman vs. Fanta Chapman; ATC represented The Coca-Cola Company to win the Opposition proceedings at the PTO tribunal, by successfully proving that “Chapman” had become a generic name for a Nigerian cocktail. In the matter of trademark TIDE vs. TIDI, ATC successfully represented Procter & Gamble Co. to restrain Liby-Tidi Ltd., from producing and marketing “TIDI” branded products, confusingly similar phonetically and in packaging “get-up” to “TIDE”, with respect to the same class of goods.