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Copyright protection is afforded to certain “works” under S.1. of the Copyright Act, Nigeria. The term “work” includes literary, musical and artistic works, cinematograph films, sound recordings and broadcasts. Only if a “work” falls in

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Posted : 13 December, 2017

Protecting Software in Nigeria

In Nigeria, computer programs, whether in source or object code, are protected under copyright. Section 39 of the Nigerian Copyright Act 1988 defines a computer program as “a set of statements or instructions to be used directly or indirectly in a

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Posted : 15 September, 2017

Trade Mark Licensing and Registered User provisions in Nigeria

A Trade mark owner (Licensor) is able to grant permission to a third party (Licensee) to use its Trade Mark on mutually agreed terms and conditions. This is usually referred to as Trade Mark Licensing. There are different types of Trade Mark Licens

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Posted : 7 September, 2017

Five things to know about INDUSTRIAL DESIGNS

1. What is an Industrial Design ? An Industrial design constitutes the ornamental or aesthetic aspect of an article. The design may consist of three dimensional features, such as the shape of an article or two dimensional features, such as patter

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Posted : 19 July, 2017


The registration of trade mark process is administered by the Registrar of Trade Marks at the Trade Marks Registry Abuja. What can be registered as a Trade Mark? Section 67 of the Trademark Act defines a trade mark as: A mark used or proposed to b

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Posted : 22 June, 2017

A Brief Look at the Provisions of the Nigerian Trade Marks Act.

This month we are providing a quick overview of some of the most salient provisions of the Trade Marks Act 1990, Nigeria. Trade Mark Register divided into two parts: PART A     Marks registered should be distinctive. PART B     Doesn’t hav

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Posted : 2 May, 2017
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