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Nigeria Intellectual Property
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About

Provided by Banwo & Ighodalo

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.

Chambers Review

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Intellectual Property - Nigeria
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Band 2
What the team is known for

Banwo & Ighodalo is a respected Nigerian law firm with an established IP group able to offer anti-counterfeiting, trade mark infringement and copyright support. With offices in Lagos and Abuja, it is also adept at handling information technology law, entertainment and privacy law issues. Clients further benefit from its network of associates who advise on intellectual property mandates across different jurisdictions.

Strengths

Sources praise the team's "ability to coordinate resources internally and come up with achievable solutions," and its "keen interest" in its clients. Members of the wider market consider it a "formidable team."

Work highlights

A B&I team led by Femi Olubanwo and Olumide Osundolire has been engaged by MTN Communications, the largest telecommunications company in Africa, to manage its intellectual property portfolio.

Notable practitioners

Femi Olubanwo is well known for his impressive ability to handle both copyrights and trade marks. He assists both domestic and international clients with significant IP portfolios, and is distinguished for his knowledge of brand protection strategies.
"Femi is a leading lawyer." "He is a strong IP practitioner."

Chinasa Uwanna is well placed to assist with regulatory matters, including IP enforcement and protection issues faced by new entrants to the Nigerian market. She exhibits further expertise in prosecutions and trade mark filings.
"Chinasa is so driven."

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Femi Olubanwo
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Chinasa Uwanna
Associates to watch

Members

Provided by Banwo & Ighodalo

Ekene Chuks - Okeke

Nneoma Moneke

Olumide Osundolire

Temilola Ibidapo-Obe

Thelma Abu

Clients

Provided by Banwo & Ighodalo

Advance China

Arsenal Football Club

Avon Products Inc.

BlackBerry (formerly Research in Motion)

Bureau National Interprofessionnel Du Cognac

CPA Global Limited (formerly Computer Patent Annuities)

Church & Dwight Co. Inc.

Comite Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne

Computer Warehouse Group plc

DM Kisch Inc.

Ebro Foods S.A.

Formula One Licensing B.V

Greenwich Trust Limited

Heineken International

Honda Motor Europe Limited

Institut National de l’origine et de la qualite

International Trade Corporation Limited

Interswitch Holdings

Katy Perry

Linde AG

Main One Cable Technologies

Mantrac Group

Marie Claire Group

Marks & Clerk

Nigerian Breweries Plc

Nigerian Stock Exchange

Novagraaf Group B.V.

Organo Gold Europe BV

Promasidor Holdings Nigeria Limited

Reed Smith

Samsung Electronics West Africa Limited

Syngenta Participations AG

Vlisco B.V.

Industries

Provided by Banwo & Ighodalo

Automobiles & Parts

Banking

Consumer Product Manufacturing

Energy

Entertainment

Financial Services

Food & Drink Producers

Hardware & Electronics

Health Care

Insurance

Media

Oil & Gas

Private Clients / Individuals

Software & Computer Services

Technology

Telecommunications