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Banwo & Ighodalo

Intellectual Property

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What the team is known for

Established IP group able to offer anti-counterfeiting, trade mark infringement and copyright support. 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

A source stated: "The team is dependable and smart and their response time is commendable."

Other sources praise the firm's "strong trade mark practice."

Work highlights

Acted for Monster Energy on the registration of several of its trade marks for its Monster Energy Drink in Nigeria.

Notable practitioners

Chinasa Uwanna "covers every aspect of IP law," according to observers. She 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.

Sources revere Femi Olubanwo as someone who is "renowned in IP" in Nigeria. He handles both copyrights and trade marks and is someone who "plays a big part in terms of the local intellectual property law association," according to commentators.He assists both domestic and international clients with significant IP portfolios, and is distinguished for his knowledge of brand protection strategies.

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Overview

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.

Members

Abu, Thelma

Chuks - Okeke, Ekene

Ibidapo-Obe, Temilola

Moneke, Nneoma

Olubanwo, Femi

Osundolire, Olumide

Saliu - Bello, Faridah

Uwanna, Chinasa

Clients

Advance China

Arsenal Football Club

Avon Products Inc.

BlackBerry (formerly Research in Motion)

Bureau National Interprofessionnel Du Cognac

Church & Dwight Co. Inc.

Comite Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne

Computer Warehouse Group plc

CPA Global Limited (formerly Computer Patent Annuities)

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

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

Intellectual Property Department

Banwo & Ighodalo

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Department location

48, Awolowo Road,

South-West Ikoyi

Lagos

Lagos

Nigeria

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Intellectual Property


Chinasa Uwanna
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Femi Olubanwo
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