Intellectual Property

G. Elias & Co. have extensive experience in various aspects of intellectual property work and have represented numerous local and international clients in prosecuting their intellectual property rights within and outside Nigeria. We advise our clients on commercialization of their intellectual property assets through the franchising, licensing and assignment of those assets, and on intellectual property issues arising in the course of mergers, acquisitions and corporate re-organizations. We have also assisted our clients in procuring the registration of their trademarks, patents and designs. We also handle matters arising after registration such as assignments, renewals, changes of name, changes of address and licensing of copyrights, trademarks, patents and designs.  We conduct “due diligence” inquiries on the title to and registration of intellectual property rights.  We file and prosecute applications for the registration of transfer-of-technology contracts so that foreign currency remittances can be made on them from purchases at Central Bank auctions.

We belong to the Africa Legal Network and this gives us a powerful platform to prosecute the registration and protection of intellectual property rights throughout the entire African continent.  Some of our key transactional experiences are as follows:

  • We have extensive experience in intellectual property work and have represented numerous local and international clients in protecting, prosecuting and realizing their intellectual property rights within and outside Nigeria.
  • We have assisted our clients in registering their trademarks, patents and designs. We also handle matters arising after registration such as assignments, renewals, changes of name, changes of address and licensing of copyrights, trademarks, patents and designs.
  • We advise our clients on the commercialization of their intellectual property assets through the franchising, licensing and assignment of those assets, and on intellectual property issues arising in the course of mergers, acquisitions and corporate re-organizations involving clients with valuable intellectual property rights.
  • We conduct “due diligence” inquiries on the title to and registration of intellectual property rights. We file and prosecute applications for the registration of transfer-of-technology contracts so that foreign currency remittances can be made on them from Nigeria.  If we may say so, working with the regulations here calls for expertise.
  • We belong to the Africa Legal Network, an association of first-tier independent law firms in Africa. This gives us a powerful platform to prosecute the registration and protection of intellectual property rights throughout the entire African continent.
  • We represent our clients on both prosecuting and defending trademark oppositions before the Nigerian Trademark authorities. We also represent clients in trademarks, patents and copyright litigation. Among other work, we are currently engaged in a leading series of six court cases involving the violation of patents for “value added” services provided by GSM operators.

For more information on G. Elias’ IP expertise, please contact Fred Onuobia and Yemisi Falade.