According to a news report by the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), Nigeria as one of the countries selected to benefit from a pilot project from the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) for training of Judges on intellectual Property.
The project is expected to have five pillars, which will include:
- Preparation of a generic training module for training of Judges, which will be customized by the National Consultants to suit the Nigerian situation.
- Training of trainers, in order to put in place a sustainable IP training that would be regular and long lasting.
- Test Training Session, to determine how the project actually works.
- Network creation, using WIPO e-learning model, which could be a closed forum for only Judges, enabling them exchange views and get answers to issues of interest from among themselves.
- Symbolic Offers from WIPO which may include WIPO furnishing the National Judicial Institute (NJI) with relevant published books.
Receiving a two-man team from WIPO, the Director-General of the NCC, Mr. Afam Ezekude stated that the proposed training project will benefit Nigeria and the entire Africa as it will further deepen the knowledge of Judges and enable them handle IP and relevant cases more effectively in Court.
The proposed training is part of a project on development and IP Rights education, and professional training with judicial training institutions in developing and least developed countries across the globe. It is scheduled to pilot in four countries: Nigeria, Lebanon, Costa Rica and Nepal.
Accompanied by the Director-General, the team from WIPO visited the Administrator of the National Judicial Institute, Honorable Justice R.P.I. Bozimo, who gave them a tour of the training facility of the Institute. The DG, briefed the Administrator NJI, on the project adding that other relevant agencies to the implementation of the project in Nigeria include; Federal High Court, National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), and the Trademarks, Patents and Design Registry of the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment.
In her response, the Administrator appreciated WIPO and NCC’s efforts at facilitating the project in Nigeria stating that IP is a grey area that most judges still require more training adding that NJI is interested in being up to date with every aspect of the IP law.
The team from WIPO also held meetings with the National Consultant of the Project in Nigeria, Mr. John Asein; visited the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Honorable Justice Ibrahim N. Auta and other relevant stakeholders to the project to discuss the project implementation as well as assessment of the project module content.