Recent Developments in Intellectual Property Law in Nigeria

Posted: 1 Mar 2011 Last revised: 3 Jan 2015

Date Written: March 1, 2011


Key Point – This article provides an overview of the developments in the field of Intellectual Property (IP) in Nigeria and highlights key issues in 10 recent judgments on IP Law in Nigeria. The cases are organized thematically according to the type of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) protected under the Nigerian legal system such as trademarks, copyrights, patents, and designs.

Practical Significance – To provide a practical insight into the laws and practice of IPR in Nigeria through the review of decided cases & reported judgments. Within the limits of candor, brevity and clarity, I have attempted as much as possible to summarize the cases reviewed.

Keywords: Copyright, Designs, Intellectual Property, IP, IPRs, Nigeria, NAFDAC, Trademarks, TRIPS, Patents, WIPO, WTO

JEL Classification: A23, K00, K41, K40, O34, O55

Suggested Citation

Akpotaire, Ufuoma Barbara, Recent Developments in Intellectual Property Law in Nigeria (March 1, 2011). Available at SSRN: or

Ufuoma Barbara Akpotaire (Contact Author)

Columbia University - School of Law ( email )

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New York, NY 10027
United States

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