News from the Manor Vol 17

  1. WIPO to Open External Offices in Africa: Following the submission of hosting proposals by African Member States in respect of hosting WIPO external offices, voting was held in Geneva on August 4, 2016 and Algeria and Nigerian were chosen to host WIPO external offices for North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa respectively. Only six African countries (Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Kenya and Nigeria) filed their hosting applications before the deadlines set by the United Nations. More on that here and here. The hosting proposals can also be read here.
  2. Ghana IP Registry Closed Due to Strike Action: Following the nationwide strike action embarked on by the Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOSSAG) on July 27, 2016, of which the Ghana Intellectual Property Registry staff are members, the  Ghana IP Registry remains closed. The strike is due to government’s failure to pay CLOSSAG members interim premium (a monetary incentive paid to attract and retain critical skills in short supply). More on that here and here.
  3. Ed Sheeran is being sued by the family of a co-writer of Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On,” who believe that Ed Sheeran’s hit, “Thinking Out Loud” is based on it. More on that here.
  4. WIPO to release Global Innovation Index 2016: The results of the Global Innovation Index 2016 will be released on August 15, 2016 at a press conference in the United Nations’ headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The Global Innovation Index (GII) 2016 will focus on global innovation networks, ranking the innovation performance of 128 countries and economies around the world, based on 82 indicators. Follow the press conference live and join the conversation using #GII2016.

Lazy…not so lazy Saturday Reads

  1. The August 2016 edition of WIPO Magazine is out and in the spirit of the ongoing Olympics, there’s an article on that. IP-related of course.
  2. We had previously mentioned here, that Angela Daly‘s book Socio-legal Aspects of the 3-D Printing Revolution was scheduled for release in June 2016. It’s out now and  has been kind enough to review it here
  3. If you have been following the US Presidential elections, you would have heard by now the plagiarism allegations leveled against Melania Trump for copying parts of Michelle Obama’s speech. IP Whiteboard has this to say about that.
  4. WIPO is about to open external offices in Africa – Algeria and Nigeria. 6 African Member States submitted their proposals, which you can read here. Looks like the right time for the Lady to update her CV. WIPO, here we come!
  5. Ever wondered why you can’t find some of your favourite music artistes on Spotify? Here’s why.
  6. Recently, the Lady came across a tweet that forbade someone for using the Rio2016 hashtag and thought it was ridiculous. Well, it appears not to be hence the question –  Are companies allowed to tweet about #Rio2016?

Lazy…not so lazy Saturday Reads

  1. On rating IP Firms – which is the leading IP firm in Nigeria Israel?
  2. I am almost certain that Nigerian IP practitioners can relate with this Brazilian IP Lawyer’s frustrations with delays at the Brazilian PTO.
  3. The recent ruling by a Swedish Supreme Court on Freedom of Panorama has raised some eyebrows. Eleonora has some thoughts on the decision as does Wikimedia.
  4. Quite a long read for this one. The EUIPO released an assessment of how IP is perceived by people between the ages of 15 and 24. Lazy read version aka Executive Summary here or just read this.
  5. This had me chuckling particularly the analysis of the arguments in favour of registering the wordmark in Israel. The author’s last line? Bonkers!

Looking for IP Texts with a Nigerian Focus?

Recently, the Lady was transported back to her undergraduate years whilst arranging her library. The year that marked her journey in IP to be precise. She recalls searching frantically for a text on IP before classes commenced. To put things in perspective, she had no author or title in mind. It took a while before any of the booksellers offered her anything useful. She eventually bought her very first IP text and it was authored by F. O. Babafemi. Of course, by the time classes commenced, she was pretty much the only person with an IP Text and it turned out to be the recommended text. Not that there were any others per se. 

Over the years, her library has expanded to include other IP texts authored by Nigerians and foreigners alike. Today, she will be sharing with you her recommended texts for those who wish to learn more about IP Law in Nigeria (and probably are as clueless as she was then).

Here goes:

  1. F. O. Babafemi: Intellectual Property – The Law and Practice of Copyright, Trademarks, Patents and Industrial Designs in Nigeria. 1st ed. (Publisher: Justinian Books)
  2. Folarin Shyllon: Intellectual Property in Nigeria (IIC Studies, Studies in Intellectual Property and Copyright Law, Vol. 21) (Publisher: C.H. Beck)
  3. Bankole Sodipo: Piracy and Counterfeiting – GATT-TRIPS and Developing Countries (Publisher: Kluwer International)
  4. J. O. Asein: Nigerian Copyright Law and Practice. 2nd ed. (Publishers: Books and Gavel)
  5. Adebambo Adewopo: Nigerian Copyright System – Principles and Perspectives. (Publishers: Odade Publishers)
  6. Adebambo Adewopo: Intellectual Property Rights in Nigeria – Law and Development (Publishers: NIALS Press)
  7. NIALS Journal of IP (NJIP) – This is a bi-annual peer-review Journal published by the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. The Institute also has an  IP Centre and will be running an IP Management Course in Lagos, Nigeria between 18-20 July, 2016. The NIALS Calendar 2016  also contains details of other programmes that may interest you.

A number of articles by Nigerian authors such as Ayoyemi Lawal – Arowolo, Kunle Ola and Ufuoma Barbara Akpotaire can also be found on SSRN.

More suggestions are welcome as this list is based on the Lady’s Library.