Lookman Durosinmi-Etti is the senior partner in the law firm Jackson, Etti & Edu (formerly Etti, Edu & Co), which he co-established in 1996. He obtained his law degree from the University of Lagos, Nigeria in 1980 and a master’s degree from the University of London in 1984. He also obtained a chief executives programme certificate from the Lagos Business School in Nigeria.
His legal career began in 1984 at the law firm of Bentley, Edu & Co, became a partner in 1988. Following the integration of the law practice of Irving & Bonnar (the oldest law firm in Nigeria), with that of Bentley, Edu & Co, he rose to the position of managing partner of Bentley, Edu & Co as well as being a partner at Irving and Bonnar in 1989.
In 2000, the present firm, then known as Etti, Edu & Co, merged with the law firm of Norma Jackson Steel & Co, and the combined firm is now known as Jackson, Etti & Edu.
Lookman’s main practice area is intellectual property. This incorporates trademark, patent and design filing and prosecution, anti-counterfeiting campaigns, IP watch services and all aspects of intellectual property. He is also involved in the area of copyright protection in Nigeria. His litigation experience covers all the above areas with particular emphasis on anti-counterfeiting proceedings, trademark, copyright and trade dress infringement.
Lookman is a member of a number of intellectual property organisations including INTA, ITMA, FICPI and AIPPI. He is also a member of the IBA.
He was appointed as an arbitrator to WIPO in 1995 and in 1997 he was appointed as a consultant to the United Nations Development Project (UNDP), on Intellectual Property matters in Nigeria.
Lookman’s accomplishments and recognitions include being appointed as an arbitrator to the World Intellectual Property Organization in 1985, following which he has consistently been called upon to advise in various capacities on a wide range of issues. In 1997, he acted as consultant to the United Nations Development Project on intellectual property matters in Nigeria. He is nominated in the Guide to the World’s Leading Trademark Law Practitioners. He was also the only Nigerian named as one of the world’s 556 leading patent lawyers in Who’s Who Legal: Patents, and is further recognised in Who’s Who Legal (compendium edition) and Who's Who Legal: Nigeria. He was nominated in the Guide to the World’s Leading Trademark Law Practitioners.
Lookman’s presentation and articles include “Litigation and Enforcement Procedure in Piracy and Counterfeiting Cases: The Nigerian Experience”, delivered at the WIPO Regional Seminal for Industrial Property Law Practitioners in cooperation with the government of Zimbabwe; “Developments In Industrial Property Case Law In Nigeria”, delivered at the WIPO National Seminar in cooperation with the government of the federal republic of Nigeria; “Fighting Piracy and Counterfeiting”, delivered at the WIPO National Seminar in cooperation with the government of the federal republic of Nigeria; and “Trade Infringement, unfair Competition and Protection against Counterfeiting – An Outline”. He is the co-author of IP Strategies in Nigeria published by Aspatore, a leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals from the stable of Thomson Reuters.
WWL says: In many quarters Lookman Durosinmi-Etti is regarded as “the doyen of the bar”.
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