The Patent System in Nigeria

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Patents Law Volume 1 Number 1


(The Patent System in Nigeria)

March 20, 2013

Content Sources

  1. World Patent Information
  2. Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
  3. Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
  4. Law Firm Website

The Patent System in Nigeria by Yauri, Shafiu Adamu, World Patent Information vol. 34 issue 3 September, 2012. p. 213-215

The paper traces the historical development of the Patent system in Nigeria and describes the current system, under the Patents and Designs Act of 1970.  The paper concludes that the present law needs updating in line with the WTO/TRIPS Agreement and with current realities, that the infrastructure and capacity for enforcement need improvement, and that public awareness of the potential importance of Patents and other IPR needs to be raised. Read more

The Legal Regime of Patents and Design Law and Its Effects on National Development by Kasim Musa Waziri International Journal of Humanities, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2011

This paper provides an overview of the patents and designs system in Nigeria. The paper looks at objections to and justifications for intellectual property as an instrument of national development in Nigeria, the application process, international conventions, and specific provisions relating to compulsory licensing. The paper concludes that there is need for developing nations to focus on the dynamic functionality of national systems of innovations and technology and develop a measurable, sustainable and beneficial Intellectual Property Protection. The paper urges Nigeria as a signatory to the TRIPs agreement to develop a more responsive patent and design law and a clear vision as to how to manifest these laws into national development. Read more

Patent Strategies for Companies Doing Business in Nigeria by Ufuoma Barbara Akpotaire, Intellectual Property: Empirical Studies eJournal Vol. 2 No. 10: April 12, 2011

This paper examines the current patent legal system in Nigeria and some of the challenges to the development of patent rights. The paper also looks at the reasons why companies doing business in Nigeria implement patent strategies, the effectiveness or lack thereof of these patent strategies, and steps companies may undertake to further protect their patents and encourage development in emerging technologies. Read more

Patentability Under the Nigerian Patents and Designs Act (PDA): An Introductory Analysis by Templars Barristers & Solicitors

This article was featured in the intellectual property newsletter prepared by the law firm of Templars Barristers & Solicitors. The article examines the conditions for patentability under Nigerian law as contained in the Patents & Designs Act. The article further highlights the procedure for registration of a patent in Nigeria, the rights conferred on patentees and inventions and processes that are considered unpatentable in Nigeria. The article also looks at the compulsory license provisions as contained in the Section 11 and the First Schedule to the Act. Read More


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