About the Book
This book discusses the theories, practice and emerging trends of intellectual property (IP) law in Nigeria. Specifically, it examines the protection of copyright, patent, designs and trademark – including their limitations and exceptions – under the extant IP regime in Nigeria. It also examines important IP related and cut-crossing topics, such as the protection of traditional knowledge, traditional cultural expression, genetic resources and geographical indications; the protection of plant varieties and animal breeders rights, image rights, personality rights; and issues around character merchandizing. Other topics discussed include trade secret, unfair competition, the interface between IP and gender, and the national, regional and international framework for the protection and promotion of IP. Significantly, the book examines the impact of digitization on IP with particular focus on the implications of the development of artificial intelligence technology on the IP system. While Nigeria remains its primary jurisdictional focus, the book draws from the jurisprudence, literature and contemporary practical examples of other jurisdictions to buttress its analysis. The importance of the book rests not only on its global outlook, Nigerian focus, and interesting topics covered, but also on its simplicity and clarity of language and the style of presentation adopted. Overall, the book is designed to be relevant to judges, legal practitioners, law and policy makers, academics, researchers, students, entrepreneurs within the Nigerian IP ecosystem, and members of the public with interest in IP law.

About the Author(s)

About the Authors
Desmond O. Oriakhogba obtained his LLM and LLB degrees from the University of Benin in 2014 and 2007 respectively, and PhD in commercial law (focus on IP and competition law) from the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa in 2019. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2008 and was a visiting researcher in the Centre for Law, Technology and Society, Law Faculty, University of Ottawa, Canada in 2018. He lectures in the University of Benin and tutors in the Distance Learning Program of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Academy. He supervises Masters Dissertation in the WIPO and African Regional IP Organization (ARIPO) joint Masters in IP program in African University, Mutare, Zimbabwe. Desmond is widely published both locally and internationally. He has presented papers on IP law in conferences, diplomatic sessions and colloquiums, such as the 38th Session of WIPO’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) and the 2019 WIPO-WTO Colloquium for IP teachers and researchers. Desmond is a Queen Elizabeth Scholar (Canada) and a research collaborator with the Open African Innovation Research Network. He is affiliated to UCT’s DST/NRF/SARChI Chair on IP, Innovation and Development and UCT’s IP Research Unit. He is a member of a number of professional and academic associations, including the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Nigerian Association of Law Teachers (NALT), the Nigerian Association of Teachers and Researchers of IP (NATRIP), Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACSH) and the South African Association of IP Law and Information Technology Law Teachers and Researchers. He is the author of Copyright, Collective Management Organisation, and Competition in Africa: Regulatory Perspectives from Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya (Cape Town: JUTA, 2021).

Ifeoluwa A. Olubiyi obtained her LLB from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and LLM in Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management (IPKM) from Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Her PhD degree was from the University of Ilorin where she researched into the collective administration of copyright in Nigeria. She has taught and researched into the field of Intellectual Property Law for several years and lectures at the College of Law, Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD). She is a member of various academic and professional bodies including the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), National Association of Law Teachers (NALT), the Nigerian Association of Teachers and Researchers of IP (NATRIP), Association of Professional Negotiators and Mediators (APNM), Christian Lawyers Fellowship of Nigeria (CLASFON). In 2018, she was selected as part of the Nigerian intellectual property experts to be involved in the ‘Training of Trainers: Training Intellectual Property Rights for Judges’ program organised by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the National Judicial Institute of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Nigerian Copyright Commission (Abuja, 2018). Ifeoluwa has published widely in reputable local and international journals and has presented papers at both national and international conferences. She is the author of The Nigerian Intellectual Property Law Handbook (Ado-Ekiti: Semsem Publishers, 2019).