Intellectual Property

Overview:

ATC intellectual propertyIP) practice covers contentious and non-contentious matters for trademarks, brand protection, patents, copyright, designs and licensing agreements. ATC has, for several years, been the designated country agent and counsel to numerous foreign clients from all parts of the world for filings, registration, maintenance and protection of their IP portfolio in Nigeria..

Transaction Tombstones:

  • ATC represented The Coca Cola Company in the buyout acquisition of trademarks hitherto owned by some local bottlers, viz. “LIMCA” PARLE SODA”; “GOLD SPOT”; and “EVA”’
  • In the matter of Olo Chapman vs. Fanta Chapman; ATC represented The Coca-Cola Company to win the Opposition proceedings at the P.T.O tribunal, by successfully proving that “Chapman” had become a generic name for a Nigerian cocktail.
  • In the case of Duracell Batteries B.V.B.A vs. McZen Ltd. and Others, ATC represented Duracell Batteries, and succeeded to get a perpetual injunction at the Federal High Court against the class of persons selling Duracell look-alike batteries in black and copper colour combination. This case established a legal precedent in Nigeria to re-affirm IP rights in shapes and colours of goods.
  • In the matter of trademark TIDE vs TIDI, ATC Successfully represented Procter and Gamble to restrain Liby-Tidi from producing and marketing “TIDI” branded products, confusingly similar phonetically and in packaging “get-up” to “TIDE”, with respect to the same class of goods.
  • ATC represented Procter & Gamble in successful infringement proceedings at the Court of Appeal in the matter of “ARIEL” trademark.
  • ATC represented Namaste Laboratories, LLC at the Federal High Court in infringement proceedings in the case Namaste Laboratories, LLC vs. Namaste Afrocentrix Ltd and Others.

Our Legal Advisors

AHMED ABDULAI

Lawyer

“AHMED ABDULAI was co-founding name partner of A.T.&CO. ChairTaxation & Insurance from 1976 till 7th March, 2004 when he passed on to eternal glory – R.I.P. †. Admitted Nigeria Bar, 1969.”

AHMED ABDULAI Lawyer

LADI TAIWO

Lawyer

““LADI TAIWO is a founding name partner of A.T. & CO. Admitted Nigeria Bar, 1973. EDUCATION: Educated at University of Ibadan; University of RiversLL.B. Honours, 1972); Nigerian Law SchoolCertificate of the Council of Legal Education, 1973); Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, LondonMCI, ArB., 1999).””

LADI TAIWOLawyer

AKIN OSINBAJO

Lawyer

“ AKIN OSINBAJO was the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice of the Ogun State Government of NigeriaJuly, 2003 – May, 2011). He joined A.T. & Co. in 1987 and became a partner in 1993, Admitted Nigeria Bar, 1986.”

AKIN OSINBAJO Defense

ALAYO OGUNBIYI

Lawyer

““ ALAYO OGUNBIYI joined Oriego Chambers. in 1992 has been a partner of A. T. & Co. since 2001. Admitted Nigeria Bar, 1992. Education: Educated at University of RiversLL.B. Honours, 1991); Nigerian Law SchoolCertificate of the Council of Legal Education, 1992)..””

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