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Feb 2019 NEWS

Aluko & Oyebode’s position as a leading Nigerian law firm is reaffirmed in Chambers Global Rankings for 2019. Aluko & Oyebode is the only Nigerian law firm to be given Band 1 rankings in four (4) practice areas in this year’s edition of the Chambers Global. Noted practice areas include Banking and Finance (Band 1); …

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Jan 2019 NEWSLETTERS

The Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency (the “NITDA”), on the 25th of January 2019, issued the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation, 2019 (the “Data Protection Regulation”)

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Jan 2019 NEWS

We are delighted to co-sponsor the 2019 Entry Level Associate Training Exercise (ELEVATE). ELEVATE is a practical inter-firm professional development programme collaboratively designed and sponsored by Aluko & Oyebode and 5 other Nigerian law firms for their respective entry-level lawyers as they begin professional careers in corporate and commercial legal practice. The ELEVATE sponsor firms …

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Dec 2018 NEWSLETTERS

December 2018   Outstanding Trademarks Registration Certificates The current Registrar of the Nigerian Trademarks Registry, Mr. Shafiu Adamu Yauri, continues to champion the clearance of all awaiting registration certificates. There has been continuous publication of awaiting applications in the Trade Mark Journals. Validity of NAFDAC E-Permit In September 2018, National Agency for Food and Drug …

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Aug 2018 NEWSLETTERS

The position of the Registrar of Trademarks, Patents and Designs Registry, Nigeria has for many years being occupied by a single Registrar, who doubles as both the Registrar of Trademarks and Patents and Designs registry. 

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May 2018 NEWSLETTERS

The Nigerian Trademarks, Patents and Designs registry has published 4 more new Trademarks Journals, dated 24 April, 2018. Three (3) of the published Journals are for online applications, while 1 is for manual applications.

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Jan 2018 PUBLICATIONS

The Trademarks, Patents and Designs registry has escalated efforts to ensure that business owners and stakeholders alike have their needs met especially with respect to the publication of trademark application. The registry published Trademark Journals Vol.2 No. 1 on 24th November, 2017, Vol.3 No. 1 on 11th December 2017 and Vol. 4 No. 1 on 15th December 2017. 

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Dec 2017 NEWS

We are pleased to announce the appointment of our Intellectual Property Partner, Uche Nwokocha, to the Board of the International Trademark Association (INTA), for a 3-year period, commencing January 2018. 

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Oct 2017 NEWSLETTERS

The Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) is an inter-governmental and inter-ministerial council which is chaired by His Excellency, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, and comprises 10 ministers, the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, representatives from Lagos & Kano State governments, the National Assembly and the private sector. 

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Mar 2017 NEWS

Following the success of the INTA first regional meeting in Africa titled “Building Africa with Brands”, held in Cape Town, South Africa, INTA has introduced the Roundtable (usually hosted in U.S cities) to Africa for the first time. 

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Mar 2017 PUBLICATIONS

Following the success of the INTA first regional meeting in Africa titled “Building Africa with Brands”, held in Cape Town, South Africa, INTA has introduced the Roundtable (usually hosted in U.S cities) to Africa for the first time. The Africa roundtable committee members were drawn from Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya. The members are Uche Nwokocha (chair), Simon Brown, Afam Nwokedi, Lara Kayode, and John Syekei.

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Oct 2016 NEWSLETTERS

The Nigeria Trademarks, Patents and Designs Registry has completed the first phase of its data capture project which it commenced on 1st October, 2015. This process entailed the digitalization of its trademarks by capturing the data into to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)…

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Jul 2016 PUBLICATIONS

Nigeria offers protection for a range of intellectual property rights including copyrights, trademarks, patents and designs. Being largely an importer of technology and finished products, trademark rights remains the most significant…

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Jul 2016 NEWS

Nigeria offers protection for a range of intellectual property rights including copyrights, trademarks, patents and designs. Being largely an importer of technology and finished products, trademark rights remains the most significant…

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May 2016 NEWSLETTERS

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has implemented a few changes in recent times which have the effect of putting the agency’s standards on par with some internationally maintained standards.

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Mar 2016 NEWSLETTERS

The International Trademark Association (INTA) Roundtable program was established to enhance networking and educational opportunities for INTA members throughout the world. The intention is that INTA members would host small Roundtables to provide interactive, high-quality discussion for attendees to share ideas, insights and practice tips in a non-commercial, non-competitive environment.

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Dec 2015 NEWSLETTERS

The frequent change in the administration of the Trademarks Patent and Designs Registry has caused untold hardship to all stakeholders. The Registrar has been changed three times in the last 9 months and each new administration comes on board with its own policies without building on existing policies. 

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Sep 2015 NEWSLETTERS

The Trademarks Patents & Designs Registry has informed all applicants that a Power of Attorney (POA) document must be filed along with all applications to register trademarks, patents and designs.

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May 2015 PUBLICATIONS

We are happy to come back to our readers with an update on current happenings in our jurisdiction, firstly, our brand new government.

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May 2015 NEWS

In an interview featured in International Trademark Association (INTA) Daily News, Aluko & Oyebode Partner, Uche Nwokocha spoke…

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Apr 2015 PUBLICATIONS

In a bid to install and improve on an anti-money laundering regime in Nigeria and fight the financing of terrorism, the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 (“the 2011 Act”) was enacted.

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Mar 2015 PUBLICATIONS

In 2014, a significant level of mergers and acquisitions (“M&A”) was recorded in various sectors of the Nigerian economy. The sectors included banking, oil and gas, food and beverages, power, insurance and manufacturing.

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Mar 2015 PUBLICATIONS

We bring to you the first edition of our bi-monthly publication for 2015. What appeared from the on-set to be a busy year has since waned as a result of the uncertainty with Nigeria’s general election.

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Feb 2015 NEWS

Ten years after the gruesome murder of Deyda Hydara, the Government of The Gambia was held liable for failure to carry out a proper investigation into the murder of Deyda Hydara and the culture of impunity and denial of freedom of expression in The Gambia.

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Feb 2015 NEWS

The Bankole Olumide Aluko (“BOA”) 5-A-Side Football Tournament, otherwise known as the Lawyers’ League, is a yearly football tournament set up to commemorate the life of the late BOA, a founding Partner of Aluko & Oyebode.

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Jun 2014 NEWS

Uche Nwokocha, Partner & Head of the Intellectual Property department at Aluko & Oyebode, received the award of IP Star of 2014 at the INTA Annual Meeting in Hong Kong held in May 2014.
 
 

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May 2014 NEWS

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts.

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May 2014 NEWS

The Partners of Aluko & Oyebode are pleased to announce the admission of Mr. Oludare Senbore into the Partnership of the Firm.

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Apr 2014 NEWS

Aluko & Oyebode received a commendation award for promoting the Pro Bono culture in Nigeria at the Lagos Public Interest Law Partnership (LPILP) Dinner/Launch of the Pro Bono Trust Fund with the theme, “Building a Culture of Pro Bono in Nigeria” on Friday, April 11, 2014

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Jan 2013 NEWSLETTERS

New Year greetings from Aluko & Oyebode (A&O) as we bring you our bi-monthly and first newsletter for the year 2013. Last year was a busy one for us; we were fully engaged in serving our clients, writing articles, delivering papers at conferences, and improving our staff through regular training. We also increased our staff strength to adequately manage our large clientele base which continues to grow.

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Oct 2012 NEWSLETTERS

Aluko & Oyebode (A&O) has re-launched its IP Newsletter in a new format with engaging content, the latest IP news in Nigeria, tips for foreign investors doing business in Nigeria, tips on the protection of IPRs and more. This bi-monthly newsletter is written with a view to address the concerns of several of our global clients on different IP issues.

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Feb 2012 PUBLICATIONS

A Trademark is a major platform or format by which product owners project into streams of commerce, goods and services.

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May 2011 NEWSLETTERS

In its quest to digitize its operations and allow for online registration of trademarks, patents and designs, the Nigerian Trademarks, Patents and Designs Registry has now set up its official website that will allow for online registration of trademarks, patents and designs.

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Mar 2011 NEWSLETTERS

Registry News – ACC, Nigeria and INTA to Work Together for this Year’s Roundtable – Aluko & Oyebode Listed in 2011 Patent Survey – SON Representative Speaks at the ACC General Meeting on SON’s Anti-Counterfeiting Operations – Aluko & Oyebode Admits New Partners, Promotes Associates to Senior Associates.

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Dec 2010 NEWSLETTERS

The year 2010 brought some good stories to tell as well as the bad ones both locally and internationally. The economic down turn of the past two years have not shown much of an improvement. The world politics have also recorded its share of decline. In spite of the vicissitudes that characterized this year, we have been able to record some developments in respect of Intellectual Property administration and protection.

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Jul 2010 NEWSLETTERS

Content – Marketing and Distributing Foods and Drugs in Nigeria – Trademarks News – INTA/ANTI – Counterfiting Coalition Conference – Aluko & Oyebode News

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Mar 2010 NEWSLETTERS

This edition of the Aluko & Oyebode IP newsletter for February 2010 contains the following items of interest:- 1. A case for Multiple Collecting Societies for the Nigerian Entertainment Industry 2. Trademark News 3. Standards Organisation of Nigeria 4. Anti-counterfeiting Collaboration, Nigeria 5. National Agency for Food, Drugs, Administration and Control (NAFDAC) unveils New Anti-Counterfeiting Service. 6. The Aluko & Oyebode’s Bankole Olumide Aluk (BOA) Football Tournament Kicks Off

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Dec 2009 NEWSLETTERS

CONTENT Message from the Intellectual Property Law Partner Domain Name Branding: The Expectations of Intellectual Property Right Owners Registry News – Workshop – “Building a 21st Century Trade Mark Registry in Nigeria” New Journal is out

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Dec 2009 NEWSLETTERS

The Regulatory updates November 2009 issue addresses the following:- 1. CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA COMMUNIQUE NO. 66 OF THE MONETARY POLICY COMMITTEE MEETING, NOVEMBER 03, 2009. 2. AMMENDMENT OF PROVISIONS OF MEMORANDUM 11 ON EXPORT TRANSACTION IN THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE MANUAL Ref: TED/FEM/FPC/GEN/01/158/09 DATED 2ND NOVEMBER 2009 3. PRESS STATEMENT DATED 4TH NOVEMEBR 2009 4. PRESS STATEMENT ON EQUITORIAL TRUST BANK DATED 4TH NOVEMBER 2009 5. PRESS RELEASE DATED 13TH NOVEMBER 2009: UPDATE ON BANKING REFORMS 6. IMPORTATION OF COLD ROLL STEEL COILS AND ALUMINIUM ROOFING SHEETS INTO NIGERIA Ref: TED/FEM/GEN/FPC/01/163/09 DATED 13TH NOVEMBER 2009 7. GUIDELINES ON THE ISSUANCE AND TREATMENT OF BANKERS ACCEPTANCES AND COMMERCIAL PAPERS DATED 18TH NOVEMBER 2009 8. NOTICE OF MEETING ON IMPORT DUTY COLLECTION SCHEME (IDCS) Ref: TED/FEM/GEN/FPC/01/67 DATED 25th November 2009

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Sep 2009 NEWSLETTERS

The September 2009 issue of the IP newsletter contains the following:- – Nollywood Business Forum – INTA/ACEC – ACC Nigeria Roundtable – Trademarks Registry News – Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Lagos Branch Conduct Elections – NBA Annual Conference: The Largest Gathering of Lawyers in Sub-Sahara Africa – ICANN Conference for Domain Name System Operation – Nigeria’s Independence Celebration.

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Mar 2008 NEWSLETTERS

This edition of the IP Newsletter contains the following articles Adobe – Licence to Learn/Formal Launch of Adobe in Nigeria; Update on Service Marks in Nigeria; International Franchise Seminar; Commonwealth Business Council (CBC) /Federation of Intellectual Property Owners (FIPO) Intellectual Property Conference; DWS Africa Steering Committee Meeting: Africa – Regional Expansion and Opportunities; Aluko & Oyebode Sponsors Two Officials From Nigerian Trademarks Registry for INTA 2008; 3rd Annual Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Section on Business Law Conference and The Anti-

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Jan 2008 NEWSLETTERS

This edition of the IP Newsletter contains the following articles; Judges’ Conference: Workshop on the Adjudication of Intellectual Property Cases; Nigeria & The Tobacco Industry; Update on Service Marks in Nigeria; Nigeria Customs Service; Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON); Consumer Protection Council (CPC) Wins West Africa Consumer Protection Award; Director General of NAFDAC Wins Best Service Delivery Awards; Fourth Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy – Dubai 2008; The Anti-Countefeiting Coalition (ACC) Nigeria; The Collecting Society; A Panacea for Piracy and Development for the Copyright Industry in Nigeria and Admission to Partnership.

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Nov 2007 NEWSLETTERS

This edition of the IP Newsletter contains the following articles; Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), United States Governments Train Enforcement Officers; Nigerian Copyright Commission Trains Staff on Disc Piracy; Nigeria Pledges to Boost Intellectual Property Investment; Intertek and Standards Organisation of Nigeria Renew the SONCAP Contract; Nigeria Trade Marks Registry; NAFDAC Hologram and Other Anti-Counterfeiting Solutions Workshop; SON gives Manufacturers December Deadline on Standardisation; The Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (ACC) and Aluko & Oyebode’s Annual Retreat.

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Jun 2007 NEWSLETTERS

This edition of the IP Newsletter contains articles on US Delists Nigeria from Piracy Blacklist; Trade Mark Journal; Nigeria Appoints a New Registrar; Nigerian Serive Marks – Update; National Agency of Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group (GACG) Awards

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May 2007 NEWSLETTERS

This edition of the IP Newsletter contains the following articles Regulation on Protection of Service Marks in Nigeria; NAFDAC’s Continued Efforts Against Fake Drugs and 2007 Nigerian Elections

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Mar 2007 NEWSLETTERS

Aluko & Oyebode, as a leading Intellectual Property Law firm in Nigeria, publishes IP Newsletters & Updates in respect of all important intellectual property developments in Nigeria. Read our September/October 2006 newsletter online or send us an e-mail to be included in our mailing list.

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Jan 2007 NEWSLETTERS

This edition of the IP Newsletter contains articles on the Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition; Aluko & Oyebode IP Watching Service; NAFDAC; IP Law Reform Update;

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Dec 2006 NEWSLETTERS

This edition of the IP Newsletter contains articles on Nigerian national Broadcasting Commission (“NBC”) Enforcing Restriction on Broadcasting Licensing; Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition; Intellectual Property (IP) Law Reforms in Nigeria; Nigerian Copyright Commission and National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP).

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