Intellectual Property

Safeguarding Clients Rights and Interests

As the protection of Intellectual Property covers patent, copyrights, trademarks, design etc. and Nigeria being a part of the international treaties such as the Ben Convention and the Trips Agreement, we have, over several decades, seen multi-nationals take advantage of such as evidenced by the high percentage of foreign registration in Nigeria.

However, as we continuously move towards the digital age where content and creativities are becoming a huge importance, we are beginning to see the demand for and appreciate the need for Intellectual Property Right protection in Nigeria in many sectors such as Hospitality, Entertainment and Agriculture (Life Sciences and Pharmaceuticals).

At Niji Oni & Co, we are strategically positioned through our partners across Africa, the U.K, and Europe, we have been able to assist in the registration of IP, the opposition of IP, and representation of clients in courts of competent jurisdiction in Nigeria on cases relating to Intellectual Property Right protection. The Firm also ensures the protection of its client’s rights and interests through the creation of documentation, arrangements, and structures to ensure that risks are mitigated, and the works of its clients are safeguarded under the confines of the law.

Establishing IP portfolio in Africa falls under the following divisions (registration under one of the divisions automatically extends to other countries within the division);
  1. OAPI which includes countries such as; Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Togo

  2. ARIPO which includes countries such as; Botswana, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of Seychelles, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Somalia

  3. Other Countries not under OAPI or ARIPO: Nigeria, Morocco, Tunisia
Our Capabilities:

Advised on a cross-border transaction involving the registration of the global trademark in Europe and Africa.