December 18, 2016 — As many of our readers know, December is Data Month at Nigerian Intellectual Property Watch Inc.! We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported our activities over the last few years. Whether you visited our website, added your law firm to our directory, sent a copy of your trademark application to improve our trademark database, or made a donation to support our activities, we are very appreciative of your support!
Below is a summary of our activities throughout this year.
We created new tabs for easier research including tabs on Advertising, NAFDAC Guidelines, Pesticides and Fertilizers, and Non-alcoholic Beverages. We also added additional laws, regulations and guidelines to the Laws and Treaties Database which is freely available to all users.
Our database of trademarks grew significantly. At the end of last year, we had less than 4,000 trademarks in the database. Through your continuous support, we have grown the database to include over 15,000 trademark applications filed in Nigeria.
Throughout the year, we reported on cases filed at the Federal High Court in Nigeria for copyright and trademark infringement. There appeared to be a significant increase in filing for copyright infringement in Nigeria. Earlier this month, we once again as is our tradition highlighted Intellectual Property cases in Nigeria that made headlines in 2016. If you missed it, now’s a good time to check them out.
We expanded our cases database by including additional cases and a new search tab on product liability for easier research.
We launched our IP Lawyers Speakers Series interviewing five brilliant lawyers in Nigeria about their daily experiences and opinion about the state of IP laws and enforcement in Nigeria. The Series will continue in 2017.
How agencies monitor and combat counterfeiting and piracy is a cause very dear to all of us at NLIPW. Our focus throughout this year continued to be on these issues. We monitored the activities of several agencies including the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Copyright Society of Nigeria, and the Nigerian Copyright Commission. We also provided information on recall of pharmaceutical products.
We expanded our news coverage to include international news reports on the protection and enforcement of intellectual property, combating counterfeiting and much more.
Please Join us!
Your support has truly kept us going over the years. We would like to appeal to you to continue to help us build our data and encourage our monitoring activities.
From all of us at NLIPW….THANK YOU!