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Mar 2019 NEWSLETTERS

The president, on the 6th of February 2019 signed the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Bill into Law. The Act is aimed at developing and promoting fair, efficient and competitive markets in the Nigerian economy with a view to eliminating anti-competitive practices, facilitating access by Nigerian citizens to safe products, as well as securing the rights of consumers in Nigeria.

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Mar 2019 NEWSLETTERS

This legislation has been modelled, to a great extent, on the European Union competition law derived primarily from Articles 101 to 106 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

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Feb 2019 NEWSLETTERS

The National Pension Commission (“PENCOM”) on 28 January 2019 granted its approval for the operation of the Nigerian University Pension Management Company (“NUPEMCO”) as a Pension Fund Administrator (“PFA”) based on an evaluation of NUPEMCO’s compliance with PENCOM’s stipulated requirements. NUPEMCO is the teachers’ union pension company and will now carry on the business of …

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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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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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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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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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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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Jul 2015 NEWSLETTERS

The Nigerian Bar Association (“NBA”) had on 14 November, 2014 at its National Executive Committee meeting held at Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, approved the affixing of stamps and seals on legal documents prepared by legal practitioners in compliance with Rule 10 of the Rules of Professional Conduct, 2007, (“RPC”).

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Jul 2015 NEWSLETTERS

By virtue of the provisions of Section 254C(1)(f) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (“the Constitution”)[1], the National Industrial Court (the “Court” or “NIC”) is conferred with jurisdiction to adjudicate on disputes relating to or connected with unfair labour practices or international best practices in the Nigerian Labour industry.

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Jul 2015 NEWSLETTERS

Arbitration is a method of dispute resolution which operates largely outside the state sponsored Court structure often utilized by businesses globally.

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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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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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Nov 2009 NEWSLETTERS

The Regulatory updates October 2009 issue addresses the following:- 1. Publication of Interest Rates. Ref BSD/DIR/IGEN/CIR/01/023 Dated 14th October 2009 2.Central Bank of Nigeria Public Statement Dated 16th October 2009 3.Central Bank of Nigeria Press Statement 4.Publication of Un-audited Accounts of Banks as at September 30, 2009. Ref:SD/DIR/GEN/CIR/03/024 DATED 26TH OCTOBER 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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Oct 2007 NEWSLETTERS

This edition of the IP Newsletter contains the following articles Court Resolves Trademark Suit Against Three Companies; NAFDAC Re-opens Onitsha Drug Market; Nigerian Copyright Commission & EFCC Unite to Combat Piracy; Update on Guiness Nigeria Plc and NAFDAC’s Fight Over Adulterated Product; Kano State Government Sues Pfizer, Nigerian Customs Service Arrest Two Vehicles with Contraband; NAFDAC Arrest 30 Persons Over Fake Products and Nigeria Trademarks Registry and Report From The Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (ACC) Meeting.

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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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