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Intellectual Property Newsletter - Volume 2 2022

We bring you our first quarterly Intellectual Property Newsletter, Volume 1, 2023. As the election season begins, it is expected that the general public will exercise their civic right to vote as citizens of Nigeria.

Activities at the Regulatory Agencies

Trade Marks Registry

  • The Registrar of Trade Marks, Dr. Shafiu Yauri hosted a routine session on 19 January 2023 to welcome stakeholders back from the festivities as it is customary to exchange views with trademarks agents in the new year. The Registrar reassured stakeholders that the Registry is working towards improving the services at the Registry in 2023, which include completing the upgrade of its new online filing platform and ensuring that the officials at the Registry diligently attend to the needs of stakeholders.

The Trade Marks Registry has also set up a committee to commence drafting of the long-awaited Practice Direction for Opposition Proceedings at the Registry.

Nigeria Customs Service

  • The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) celebrated International Customs Day on 26 January 2023. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Nurturing the Next Generation: Promoting a Culture of Knowledge-Sharing and Professional Pride in Customs.” The Anti-Counterfeiting Collaboration (ACC) of Nigeria joined the NCS to celebrate the International Customs Day and commended the efforts of the NCS throughout the years in anti-counterfeiting activities.

Nigerian Copyright Commission

  • The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) recently signed an MOU between the Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria (MCSN) and Deejays Association of Nigeria (DJAN) in order to commence the clamp down of Deejays who breach the provisions of the law.

Also, the Director-General of the NCC, John Asien was recently reappointed as the Director-General of the NCC for a second tenure of four years, with effect from January 12, 2023.

Intellectual Property Newsletter – First Edition 2023
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