Small and Medium Enterprises and Legal Reforms

Trademark Watch Service

NLIPW Trademarks Law Volume 1 Number 9


 (SMEs and Legal Reforms)

July 15, 2013

Content Sources

  1. Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
  2. African Journals Online
  3. ResearchGate

Encouraging Small and Medium Scale Enterprises through Trademarks Licensing in Nigeria by Kasim Musa Waziri, November 30, 2010, University of Maiduguri Law Journal, Vol. 8, 2010

This paper examines the definition of trademarks in Nigeria and looks at the procedure for registering and licensing trademarks in Nigeria. The paper also examines how licensing of trademarks encourages the development of Small and Medium Scale enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria and some of the problems militating against the development of SMEs in Nigeria. Read more

Legal and Judicial Protection of Trademarks in Nigeria: A Retrospective Examination by Alao, Akin, The Nigerian Journal of Economic History Vol. 2, 1999: 98-107

This article details the history of trademarks and their protection in Nigeria, notably through the Trademarks Ordinance, 1914, and the Trademarks Act Cap 436 of 1965.

It concludes that the Nigerian courts have a good grasp of the law on trademark and allied cases and are able to promote commerce while at the same time protecting genuine investors. Read more

Proactive Legal Reforms Through Nigerian Universities and Nigerian Bar Association Push: A Case for Intellectual Property Commission (NIPCOM)  Bill  by Okechukwu Timothy Umahi, University of Manchester, February 28, 2012  

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. 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.

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. Read more


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