MIPLG organized a Webinar on the 29 February 2019 titled ‘Emerging Trends and Trademark Protection in Nigeria’ presented by Mr. Victor Sameria.
Mr. Victor is an associate in the Finance and Technology Practice Group of Templars, a tier/band 1 (one) commercial law firm with its headquarters in Lagos. He graduated with a First Class in Law (LL.B) and Distinction in Financial Services Law (LL.M) from the University of Buckingham, United Kingdom.
As an associate in the Finance Practice Group, Victor also advises Export Credit Agencies, Development Finance Agencies and sophisticated financial institutions on syndicated lending and structured products.
The very insightful lecture lasted for a period of 50 minutes. It was followed by a very interactive questions and answers (Q & A) session of about 30 minutes.
Mr. Victor Sameria was detailed in his presentation, exposing his audience to knowledge on Trademarks as an Intellectual Property.
Highlight of some points from the presentation:
- A Trademark is word, symbol or logo and so on, which distinguishes the goods and/or services of one undertaking from another.
- The importance of Trademark registration cannot be over-emphasised.
- Artificial Intelligence and Block-Chain technology are increasingly areas of concern in trademark protection.
- Law firms expend resources conducting due diligence in the registration of a trademark. The adoption of relevant AI application(s) will create ease in these processes.
- Block chain technology can used to create a transparent registration system, thereby reducing the number of trademark disputes.
- Although unregistered marks are recognised and may be protected by alternative means such as under the common law tort of passing off, where a conflict arises, prima facie a registered mark will prevail. Registration is important.
The webinar was moderated by Mr. Victor Gbeyide who announced close of the webinar after Q & A at 9:20 PM. The vote of thanks was delivered by V. C. Onyeagbako at 9:25 PM.