Intellectual Property Rights – An Overview of Nigerian Legal Framework

18 Pages Posted: 2 Jan 2020 Last revised: 10 Mar 2021

Date Written: December 10, 2019


All three major areas of Intellectual Property Law recognize property rights in intangible products of the mind: copyright (artistic and literary expression), patent (inventions and innovations), and trademark (symbolic information). These bodies of law concern federally recognized rights; therefore, they are governed by federal statutes and administered by federal agencies. However, they differ both in theory and operation. It has become a matter of necessity to constantly review our intellectual property laws to catch up with the speed of innovation in this digital age and to address the challenges thrown up by globalization and significant advances in Information and Communication Technology (ICT). In as much as many facets of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) are dealt with in particular legislations enacted by the parliament, this paper provides an overview of the main laws dealing with IPRs in Nigeria.

Keywords: Intellectual property rights, Copyright, Patent, Trademark, Design, Infringements, Remedies

JEL Classification: K11

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Fatoba, Kehinde, Intellectual Property Rights – An Overview of Nigerian Legal Framework (December 10, 2019). Available at SSRN: or

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