Nigeria: New IP Law on the Way

21-Jun-2021

ABUJA - The House of Representatives of Nigeria proposed a Bill that provides a comprehensive industrial and Intellectual Property system in the country to protect innovations and creative expressions, exclusive exploitation, assignment, transmission, and the contracting-out of novel creations of the intellect. 

The Bill seeks to repeal the Patents and Designs Act CAP P2 LFN 2004 and enact the Patents and Designs Act 2019 to strengthen the legal protection of inventions such as patents, utility models, and designs.

The proposed legislation will also bring about an upgrade in the body of laws governing patents, designs, and utility models in Nigeria as the 1971 Act does not even recognize utility models as a type of patent or class of Intellectual Property in Nigeria. It was argued that the non-recognition of the utility model by the old law is in contravention of the International Legal Instruments of Intellectual Property.

For more information, please contact our office in Nigeria at: nigeria@agip.com 





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