Proactive Legal Reforms Through Nigerian Universities and Nigerian Bar Association Push - A Case for Intellectual Property Commission NIPCOM Bill
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Author: Timothy Okechukwu Umahi, University of Manchester

Published: February 28, 2012

Abstract: The Bill for the establishment of the Nigerian Intellectual Property Commission (NIPCOM) before the Nigerian National Assembly was suspended or abandoned before the April 2011 general election. Although, the current legislature is about to end its one year of law making, this Bill is not or does not seem to be part of the legislative agenda. This article reflects on the re-emergence of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) in the national legislative agenda after suffering the same faith of abandonment. The reinvigoration is an outcome of the nationwide strike caused by the increase in the pump price of premium motor spirit (PMS). This article enjoins the legislature to re-energise the NIPCOM Bill for Nigeria to leverage on the use of several measures accepted by the Agreement on Trade Related-Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) to ensure that intellectual property protection does not override the rights and health of Nigerian. The article argues that Nigerian universities and Nigerian Bar Association may be failing in their social responsibility to Nigerians which should involve using their institutional capacities to sustain the pressure for reform agenda and enlightening the populace on the need for social reform, rather than allowing civil and political unrest to determine the nation’s reform agenda.

Related Regions and Countries: Nigeria

Number of Pages: 11

Keywords:  Patent, access to medicines, TRIPS Agreement, NIPCOM Bill, Nigeria

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