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MAR 2019 NEWS Aluko & Oyebode

Publication of Pre-IPAS applications and the ongoing renovation of the Trademarks Registry

The trademarks registry has embarked on the publication of some outstanding pre – IPAS applications. This is in spite of the ongoing renovations at the registry.

Nigeria’s President (Muhammadu Buhari) signs the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Bill into Law

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.

Amongst other changes, the Act has repealed the Consumer Protection Council Act, established a Federal Competition and Customer Protection Commission and a Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal, which would hear and determine competition and consumer protection related matters.

The Act also confers powers on the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection to seal up premises containing, harboring or are being used to produce or disseminate goods or services that are fake, substandard, hazardous or inimical to consumers’ welfare in collaboration with relevant sector regulators such as the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration (NAFDAC) and The Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON)

The Federal Government appoints John Asein as the New Director-General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission

 A renowned copyright lawyer and the former director of the Nigerian Copyright Institute, John Asein has been appointed as the Director-General of the Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC). He has been an active member of the commission since its inception and has revealed his commitment to completely restructuring and reposition the commission.

Firm News

Aluko & Oyebode is delighted to have received the highest number of Band 1 rankings in Nigeria in Chambers Global 2019 rankings in four (4) practice areas in this year’s edition of the Chambers Global. The practice areas include Banking and Finance (Band 1); Corporate/Commercial (Band 1); Dispute Resolution (Band 1); Intellectual Property, and Projects and Energy (Band 1).

Aluko & Oyebode has received 10 individual rankings across 5 main practice areas that are researched and evaluated by Chambers Global for Nigeria. These practice areas include: Intellectual Property, Finance, Banking, Dispute Resolution, and Energy.

Aluko & Oyebode is set to participate in the annual Bankole Olumide Aluko (BOA) Football Tournament for lawyers in Nigeria. This will be the 17th edition of the tournament held annually in memory of Mr. Bankole Aluko (SAN). To kick off the tournament, Aluko & Oyebode’s AO PANTHERS have played friendly matches with Olaniwun Ajayi, Banwo & Ighodalo and Lagos State Ministry of Justice.

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