Nigeria: Intellectual Property 2017

We feature 22 individuals in this chapter who are recognised for their outstanding intellectual property expertise. The following lawyers provide invaluable advice on patent and trademark enforcement, infringement disputes, prosecution and anti-counterfeiting. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Lara Kayode O Kayode & Company, Lagos
2. Femi Olubanwo Banwo & Ighodalo, Lagos
3. Ladi Taiwo Abdulai Taiwo & Co, Lagos

Leading full-service firm JACKSON ETTI & EDU receives five listings in the intellectual property sphere.
Head of the IP department Uwa Ohiku is a well-respected and experienced practitioner who advises multinational corporations on the management of their patent and trademark portfolios.
Chinyere Okorocha is an esteemed figure in the field of patents and trademarks. She advises numerous leading companies on portfolio management and related issues.
Obafemi Agaba is a standout name in the IP rights protection and enforcement field and is recognised as one of Nigeria’s market authorities.
Lookman Durosinmi-Etti is an IP law specialist and well-established litigator. He is highly regarded both nationally and internationally for his strong practice.
The commercially minded Koye Edu is recognised as one of Nigeria’s leading lawyers and is known for the top-tier counsel that he delivers to clients.

ABDULAI TAIWO & CO is at the forefront of IP law in Nigeria and sees four practitioners listed in this year’s chapter.
Founding partner Ladi Taiwo is a great strategist when it comes to IP matters and is internationally acknowledged as a leader in the field.
Ayo Kusamotu specialises in intellectual property law, particularly relating to the internet and digital property. He is recognised as one of Nigeria’s foremost legal minds.
Abdul-Rasheed Sadiq impresses peers who commend his first-rate intellectual property practice.
Bunmi Binitie is a widely respected commercial lawyer and a well-known figure in the field of intellectual property law.

ALLAN & OGUNKEYE sees two standout lawyers featured in this chapter.
Obatosin Ogunkeye is a specialist in contentious IP matters and is a gifted advocate with a great reputation in the market.
Marlies Allan is recognised as one of Nigeria’s pre-eminent IP practitioners and boasts over 40 years of expertise in the area.

O KAYODE & COMPANY’s founding partner Lara Kayode is listed as one of the most highly regarded lawyers in our research this year. She advises clients across sub-Saharan Africa on patent and trademark portfolio management, and is an authority on intellectual property law.

Femi  Olubanwo of BANWO & IGHODALO is a world-class lawyer who features prominently in our research for his expertise in intellectual property law.

Afolabi Caxton-Martins at ACAS-LAW is one of Nigeria’s foremost commercial lawyers. He is highly sought after by clients who praise his depth of knowledge regarding IP matters.

AÉLEX sees Theophilus Emuwa listed for his superb IP practice. He draws widespread praise from peers who consider him a “first-class” lawyer.

GEORGE IKOLI & OKAGBUE’s founding partner Sam Okagbue is a well-regarded and accomplished commercial lawyer with longstanding experience in the Nigerian IP market.

Mena Ajakpovi of ABRAHAM & CO possesses over 20 years of experience in IP law and is recognised as “one of the best” in the field.

Afam Nwokedi at STILLWATERS LAW FIRM excels in intellectual property matters where he is a trusted adviser to commercial entities from numerous sectors.

IP specialists DAVID GARRICK KAYODE & CO sees name partner Olugboyega Kayode listed for his extensive experience advising clients on rights and enforcement, licensing and regulatory matters.

Bankole Sodipo of CHIEF GO SODIPO & CO is a standout name in the domestic market and is widely respected among peers and clients alike.

ALUKO & OYEBODE’s Uche Nwokocha focuses her impressive practice on trademark registration, regulatory and anti-counterfeiting matters.

CHUMA ANOSIKE & CO name partner Chuma Anosike wins praise for his strong expertise in pharmaceutical trademarks and IP-related matters in the life sciences sector.

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