Piracy & Counterfeiting in Nigeria

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NLIPW Trademark Law Volume 1 Number 2


(Piracy & Counterfeiting in Nigeria)

March 25, 2013

Content Sources

  1. Center for African Legal Studies (CALS)
  2. Journal of Politics and Law
  3. Global Journal of Human Social Science Sociology
  4. Research Joumal of Medical Sciences

Intellectual Property Piracy and Counterfeiting in Nigeria:  The Impending Economic and Social Conundrum by K.M Waziri

This paper examines the threat posed by counterfeiting and piracy both internationally and locally, as it affects the Nigerian economy. The paper also looks at some of the problems of intellectual property in Nigeria including lack of population support or public consultation, inadequate cost-benefit analysis, lack of public awareness, the lack of inclusion of intellectual property in the law school curriculum of some universities in Nigeria, corruption and weak custom enforcement, and the lack of well trained personnel. The paper concludes that counterfeiting and piracy pose tremendous threats to the prosperity of Nigeria’s creative and innovative industries and that they deserves consistent attention if they are to be addressed. Read more

The Limits of Legal and Enforcement/Regulatory Frameworks in Consumer Protection Against Counterfeit and Pirated Products: The Nigeria Experience by Professor Muhammed Tawfiq Ladan

This paper begins by examining the concepts of consumer protection, counterfeiting and piracy, regulated products and consumer education. The paper highlights the impact of counterfeit and pirated products on the Nigerian economy and as it affects the health and safety of consumers. It further examines the limits of legal and enforcement/regulatory frameworks in consumer protection against counterfeit and pirated products in Nigeria. Specifically, it looks at contract and tort laws based protections as well as criminal law based protection as contained in the Food and Drug Act, Weight and Measures Act, Counterfeit and Unwholesome (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration (NAFDAC) Act. The paper highlights some of the functions of government agencies including the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), NAFDAC and the Consumers Protection Council of Nigeria. The paper concludes that there is a limit to which legal and  enforcement/regulatory mechanisms can go in protecting consumers against counterfeit and pirated goods partly because the laws remain inadequate. Read more

Prevalence of Counterfeiting in Nigeria: Evaluating Consumers’ Experience in South- Eastern and SouthWestern Nigeria by Solomon Ojo & Adeyemi Oluwakemi Ojo, Global Journal of Human Social Science Sociology, Economics & Political Science Volume 12 Issue 12

This study investigates the prevalence of counterfeiting in Nigeria by evaluating consumers’ experiences. The study was carried out using questionnaires that targeted consumers of products from the South-Western and South-Eastern parts of Nigeria. A total of 517 participants took part in the study, of which 224 (43.3%) were males and 293 (56.7%) were females. The study revealed that participants had at some point encountered counterfeits of some of the products identified in the survey in the Nigerian market including computer software and hardware, cell phone and cell phone accessories, clothing materials, pharmaceutical products and beauty products. Read more

This report examines the business of drug counterfeiting with emphasis on the causes and possible solutions. Specifically, the paper looks at the health and economic consequences of drug counterfeiting and proffers strategies to combat counterfeiting and importation of fake drugs. The paper calls on drug industries, healthcare providers, consumers and governments to join the fight towards preventing the problem of counterfeiting. View full report


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About Bob Aroture 559 Articles
Bob is a Senior Editor and Content Development Manager at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch. He holds a BS degree, with a major in biochemistry. He works directly with the Newsroom Team. His focus areas are technology and innovation, and pharmaceutical technology. Email: editorial@nlipw.com