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  •  Nigerian organisation wins UNFPA award
    Nigerian organisation wins UNFPA award
     Nigerian organisation wins UNFPA award
    Nigerian organisation wins UNFPA award
    Foreign2 weeks ago

    Nigerian organisation wins UNFPA award

    A Nigerian-based organisation, Hillspring Diagnostics, has won the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) global innovation award for one of the 10 projects that will advance the empowerment of women and girls worldwide.

    The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that UNFPA announced the 10 winners to its first ever Joint Innovation Challenge on Thursday.

    Joint Innovation Challenge is a cutting-edge competition to provide funding for social enterprises with innovative solutions that advance the empowerment of women and girls worldwide.

    Speaking on the award at a news conference in New York, UN spokesman, Mr Stéphane Dujarric, said 10 organisations that won the award are headed by women.

    Dujarric said Hillspring Diagnostics from Nigeria came up with a revolutionary method for detecting ectopic pregnancy, a condition which can have dangerous consequences including death of the mother and baby if not diagnosed and treated in time.

    According to him, organisations headed by women from other nine countries of Costa Rica, Armenia, Mongolia, Uganda, Turkey, Colombia, Bangladesh, Rwanda, and Cameroon were honoured.

    Dujarric said the winners pitched a range of innovations – from a portable diagnostic system for pre-eclampsia to a board game that shares information on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

    “The 10 winners each received 60,000 dollars which will allow these organisations to move from pilot stage to scale,’’ he said.

    The challenge was financed by UNFPA’s Equaliser Accelerator Fund, and implemented in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and the International Trade Centre.

    Entrants were given the incentive of a cash prize which would allow them to expand their ideas from the test stage, to full production, for the potential benefit of millions around the world.

    The challenge received further funding from the Governments of Luxembourg, Finland, and Denmark.

    Launched in 2021, UNFPA’s Fund provides equity-free investments in social enterprises that are led or co-led by women, and can show evidence of the impact they will have.

    Reacting to the award, Dr Natalia Kanem, UNFPA’s Executive Director said, in relation to the competition, “creative thinking and innovative solutions are key to accelerate progress for women and girls around the world.

    ” According to her, the 2022 challenge is awarding 10 women-helmed organisations from five different regions globally.

    Initially, a panel of experts received 300 submissions from 61 countries.

    After 20 finalists pitched their innovative ideas to the panel, the eventual 10 winners then signed nine-month contracts with UNFPA and will be receiving an equity-free investment of 60,000 dollars.

    The funding will allow winning organisations to transition away from the pilot stage, and begin manufacturing at scale.

    UNFPA and its partners will also support the social enterprises with targeted mentorship, training opportunities, interactive workshops, and unique access to the global UN network.

    The winning ideas varied in function, but were united in ingenuity, said the agency.

    Other winners from Africa are the Global Pre-Eclampsia Initiative from, Uganda; Urukundo Initiative, Rwanda and Women in Entrepreneurship and Technology (WETECH), Cameroon.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  NOTAP to begin annual ranking of technology transfer offices
    NOTAP to begin annual ranking of technology transfer offices
     NOTAP to begin annual ranking of technology transfer offices
    NOTAP to begin annual ranking of technology transfer offices
    General news1 month ago

    NOTAP to begin annual ranking of technology transfer offices

    The National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) says it will start a yearly ranking of its Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Offices (IPTTOs).

    The Director-General of NOTAP, Dr DanAzumi Ibrahim said this on Monday in Abuja during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.

    According to the D-G, the establishment of IPTTOs in the Nigerian knowledge institutions across the geopolitical zones is an initiative of NOTAP to launch Nigeria into the comity of technologically independent nations.

    “ This was done in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), a United Nations agency based in Geneva, Switzerland, in order to encourage demand-driven research in Nigeria.’’ Ibrahim said that the programme which started in 2006 with the establishment of six centres had progressed both in number and quality to 60 IPTTOs across the Country.

    Ibrahim said after close to two decades of the initiative, there was need to start evaluation and ranking of the IPTTOs to ascertain the viability or otherwise of some of the centres.

    He said that ranking of the IPTTOs would be in form of evaluation as well as in encouraging centres that were not performing to wake up.

    He added that the criteria for ranking shall comprise visibility of the centre within the institution, documentation of institutional Research and Development (R&D) results, and institutional intellectual property policy among others.

    According to him, IPTTO initiative is to sensitise the Nigerian knowledge institutions to the importance of Intellectual Property Right (IPR) as well as the need to engage in market-driven research as against conventional research.

    He noted that there was disconnect between the academia and industry which the establishments of IPTTO’s would bridge and ensure that Nigerian researchers engaged in industrial needs research for their benefits and mankind.

    NAN reports that there will be a monetary reward for the best, first runner-up and second runner-up as a way of motivating the IPTTO’s.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  U S Ambassador highlights importance of IPRs to Nigeria s SME growth
    U.S. Ambassador highlights importance of IPRs to Nigeria’s SME growth
     U S Ambassador highlights importance of IPRs to Nigeria s SME growth
    U.S. Ambassador highlights importance of IPRs to Nigeria’s SME growth
    Business1 year ago

    U.S. Ambassador highlights importance of IPRs to Nigeria’s SME growth

    By Busayo Onijala

    U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, on Monday urged Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) to take advantage of the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) available to them.

    Leonard gave the advice on a panel discussion in celebration of the 2021 World Intellectual Property Day.

    The virtual event, hosted by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) office in Nigeria had the theme: “Innovation, IP & SMEs: Opportunities & Challenges for SMEs in Driving Nigeria’s Economic Recovery.”

    The protection of their intellectual knowledge, she said, could result in a sizable commercial advantage in the market place.

    She said that SMEs had prospects in foreign markets and understanding IPRs could be a link to their launch into the foreign climate.

    Leonard said that SMEs were the primary source of new jobs and income for the bulk of the population.

    According to her, they are also acknowledged as the critical breeding ground for domestic entrepreneurial capacities, technical skills, technological innovation and managerial competences for private sector development.

    “Similarly, American SMEs are the backbone of the U.S. economy with 28 million SMEs accounting for nearly two-thirds of new private sector jobs in recent decades.

    “Intellectual property rights are crucial components of SMEs most valuable assets,” she said.

    She noted that an SME’s brand logo, invention, software application, trademark or copyright might become the business’s highest source of revenue.

    Leonard, however, said that most SME owners in Nigeria did not yet appreciate the role of IPR in business development promotion.

    She said that as a result, they failed to take important steps including registering Intellectual Property (IP) to secure their interest in their intangible creations.

    “They may find IP to be abstract or lack information regarding the appropriate way to protect their businesses.

    “Often, even those who have some knowledge may see the process as time consuming.

    “This shows that everyone has an important role to play in championing IPR and it is incumbent upon relevant government authorities to make this process less cumbersome and time consuming.

    “It is incumbent upon stakeholders to raise awareness and for enforcement agencies to do their part in securing those rights.

    “Nigerian SMEs working alongside other stakeholders can help shape the direction of Nigeria’s growing knowledge based economy, which promises to significantly benefit the country’s destiny,” Leonard said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that WIPO, a specialised agency of the United Nations, is the global forum for intellectual property policy, services, information and cooperation.

    In 2000; WIPO member states designated April 26, as World Intellectual Property Day with the aim of increasing the general understanding of Intellectual Property (IP). (NAN)


  •  NOTAP DG seeks increased funding of ICT subsector
    NOTAP DG seeks increased funding of ICT subsector
     NOTAP DG seeks increased funding of ICT subsector
    NOTAP DG seeks increased funding of ICT subsector
    Science & Technology2 years ago

    NOTAP DG seeks increased funding of ICT subsector

    NOTAP DG seeks increased funding of ICT sub-sector


    Abuja, Nov. 3, 2020 Dr. DanAzumi Ibrahim, the Director-General, National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), has called for improved funding of the technology sector by both government and private establishments.

    Ibrahim stated this at a one-day forum organised on Tuesday in Abuja by the Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) with the theme, “Harnessing the Digital Resources for the Building of our National Economy.”

    The director-general, who was a panelist at the event, urged government and private establishments to devote a large chunk of their budgets to the development of technology sector for the country’s socio-economic growth.

    “Globally, the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector has become a pioneer and dependable catalyst in addressing the needs and interests of developing countries like Nigeria.

    “For such a sector there is need for an improved and sustained budgetary allocation to thrive,’’ he said.

    Ibrahim lamented Nigeria’s dependence on foreign ICT providers to power its economy, saying that the ICT sector required funding so that the country would not become a spectator in the global technology ecosystem.

    He said that globally, ICT had become the major ingredient for socio-economic development powering every functional society, especially the developing countries.

    According to Ibrahim, NOTAP, a Technology Regulatory Agency, reluctantly approves some technology transfer agreements, considering the huge amount of money expended by Nigerian entrepreneurs in acquiring foreign software to power their businesses.

    He said that the world had been vastly been taken over by digital economy powered by ICT, adding that if Nigeria does not level up with the rest of the world, it would not become one of the major players in the sector.

    He added that as a stakeholder in technology development in Nigeria, NOTAP was working closely with the knowledge institutions by establishing Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Offices (IPTTOs) in some selected knowledge institutions.

    He said the reason for establishing IPTTOs was to create awareness on the importance of investing and carrying out market and demand-driven research on innovations, and not just for publication and career progression.

    “ IPTTOs programme started in 2006 with collaboration from the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).

    “ It started with the establishment of six centres, and has since progressed both in number and capacity to 43 IPTTOs across the six geopolitical zones of the country,” he said.

    Earlier in his welcome address, the President of ATCON, Mr. Olusola Teniola, said the organisation was formed 27 years ago to collaborate with the government.

    He said the association ensured that Nigeria was not lagging behind in digital economy, but was also recognised as a major player in the ICT space.

    Teniola said that ICT was an enabler in execution of government programmes, adding that proper utilisation and deployment of ICT in running of government were required.

    ICT has turned the world into one global village, and only nations that are prepared would catch up with the speed,’’ he said.

    Teniola stated that the event would ensure a robust commitment of both the government and industry players in development and domestication of indigenous technologies.

    Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Julius Toba-Jegede
    Source: NAN

  •  African innovators launch platform to enhance linkage with industry
    African innovators launch platform to enhance linkage with industry
     African innovators launch platform to enhance linkage with industry
    African innovators launch platform to enhance linkage with industry
    Foreign2 years ago

    African innovators launch platform to enhance linkage with industry

    Budding innovators from the Sub-Saharan African region will be able to access funding from the private sector, thanks to Friday’s launch of a platform to help realise that objective.

    The Nairobi-based African Academy of Sciences said the platform, dubbed ‘Grand Challenges Africa Innovation Network’ (GCAIN), will help tackle financing bottlenecks that hamper the harnessing of cutting edge innovation to solve challenges facing society.

    “This platform will provide innovators with the resources they need to succeed.

    “This includes potential new markets and funding,’’ said Moses Alobo, Grand Challenges Africa programme manager.

    Innovation is a risky affair that requires long-term investment and whose results are not always immediate.

    “This is the reason we at Grand Challenges Africa are providing this as a sustainable and long-term funding strategy for research and innovations,’’ he added.

    Alobo said the platform connects African innovators to industry, angel investors and venture capitalists, who can provide the financing required to commercialise ideas.

    The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) said that underfunding is to blame for a partly 0.6 per cent of African innovation that is scaled up to commercial level.

    Alobo said that a robust partnership between African research institutions and industry is key to unlocking financing required to commercialise innovation and ensure they offer solutions to endemic challenges of poverty, disease, hunger and malnutrition.

    He said the launch of the new platform to link African innovators with potential financiers was informed by a survey conducted in 2018, which indicated that access to capital will enhance their capacity to transform societies in diverse areas like maternal health, nutrition and clean energy.

    “The innovators, however, identified limited entrepreneurial capacity, poor funding, unfavourable regulatory policies and lack of access to markets as major setbacks,’’ Alobo said.

    Laud Anthony Basing, an innovator from Ghana, said the new platform will promote collaboration among his counterparts from the rest of the continent and share expertise on commercialising ideas than can make a positive impact on local communities.

    “This is a game-changer for the innovation space and will be crucial in ensuring that our ideas get the support they need to make it to market and to impact African lives,’’ Basing said.


    Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

  •  Nollywood stars Henshaw Oboli task FG on accelerated fight against piracy
    Nollywood stars Henshaw, Oboli task FG on accelerated fight against piracy
     Nollywood stars Henshaw Oboli task FG on accelerated fight against piracy
    Nollywood stars Henshaw, Oboli task FG on accelerated fight against piracy
    Entertainment2 years ago

    Nollywood stars Henshaw, Oboli task FG on accelerated fight against piracy

    Veteran actress, Kate Henshaw and ace filmmaker, Omoni Oboli, want the Federal Government to accelerate the fight against piracy to enable the creative sector contribute more to the country’s economy.

    The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that Henshaw and Oboli both gave the charge during a panel discussion in a teleconference (Webinar), on Tuesday evening.

    The teleconference was organised by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), and the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC).

    It was to commemorate ‘the entry into force’ of the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances, adopted on June 24, 2012.

    The event was titled: “Strengthening Nigeria’s Creative Sector through Improved Rights for Artistes and Performers.”

    The teleconference, moderated by Ms. Chijioke Okorie, Lead Advisor, Penguide Advisory,  brought together top officers of the NCC, representatives of WIPO, and stakeholders in the Nigeria creative sector.

    Participants also explored the significance of the Beijing  treaty and engaged in discussions and awareness raising, on the significance of the new rights enshrined in the treaty for the creative industry.

    According  to Oboli, it is expedient that the Federal Government take urgent steps towards effectively addressing emerging copyright infringements, particularly at this digital age.

    She said as Nigeria sought the diversification of its economy, the creative sector was a major source of revenue, only if  the opportunities that abound there  were harnessed through enabling environment.

    The filmmaker said piracy remained a major setback to the growth of the motion picture industry, and therefore called for concerted efforts to fight the menace.

    “This is a sector that can stop Nigeria from going into recession as oil has failed, but the government needs to protect it.

    “Piracy is our major problem, because if my rights are abused as a producer, I am not going to give my best while the pirates make the bulk of money.

    “We are doing better than before, but we are not making enough money from our works because the current copyright laws do not capture the digital platforms.

    “Almost every week, I have to write Youtube to take my movie down; unfortunately, most of these movies are yet to be released, but they are already available online for free.

    “This treaty is great, and if it is signed into law, the producers and all stakeholders will be happy,” Oboli said.

    Henshaw, on her part, said that the Beijing Treaty was a timely intervention for the creative sector, and therefore commended the NCC for championing its enforcement.

    “This is a treaty that its time has come because we have waited so long for an efficient intellectual property right management system.

    “We need this law to go to the National Assembly as soon as possible, and we also urge the Judiciary to effectively do its part,” the veteran actress said.

     In his remark, John Asein, NCC Director-General, said webinar was to provide initial thoughts on how the balanced application of provisions of the treaty will benefit Nigeria’s audiovisual sector.

    He said that Nigeria had already taken steps to domesticate the provisions of the treaty as part of broader reforms of its copyright system.

    “Nigeria film industry ranks amongst the top three globally, and this ranking should translate to  economic benefits and enhanced status for performers who stand before lights and cameras transforming scripts to action.

    “The commission is particularly concerned about the loss of revenue in the audiovisual industry.

    “It will be working with the guilds, associations and collective management organisations in this area, to develop appropriate mechanisms to ensure greater returns on creative investments.

    “This might also require looking into various aspects of the industry, including engagement contracts, distribution bottlenecks, online abuses, and rights management issues,” he said.

    Other stakeholders at the event included Mr Oluwatobiloba Moody, Programme Officer, WIPO Nigeria Office, Mr. Mahmood Ali-Balogun, Chairman, Audio Visual Rights Society of Nigeria and Ms. Carole Croella, Senior Counsellor, Copyright Law Division, WIPO.

    NAN reports that the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances  was adopted by the Diplomatic Conference on the Protection of Audiovisual Performances, held in the Chinese capital between June 20 and June 26, 2012.

    The treaty encompasses performances of actors in different media, film and television, and also includes musicians when their musical performances are recorded on a DVD or any other audiovisual platform.

    It is opened to states members of WIPO and to the European Union, and grants performers economic rights in fixed and unfixed performances, as well as certain moral rights.

    The Beijing Treaty was supposed to enter into force three months after 30 eligible parties have deposited their instruments of ratification or accession with the Director-General of WIPO.

    It, however took about eight years for it to come into force, as the required number of 30 states was only achieved in January 2020.

    Edted by Chidinma Agu/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore





  •  NCC urges researchers academics to explore intellectual property framework for development
    NCC urges researchers, academics to explore intellectual property framework for development
     NCC urges researchers academics to explore intellectual property framework for development
    NCC urges researchers, academics to explore intellectual property framework for development
    General news2 years ago

    NCC urges researchers, academics to explore intellectual property framework for development

    Mr John Asein, Director-General, Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), has urged the nation’s researchers and academics to explore intellectual property framework for national development, especially in science and medicine.

    He made the call in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria on Monday while expressing goodwill message to Nigerian intellectual property creators and innovators for the 2020 Intellectual Property (IP) Day.

    NAN reports that the World Intellectual Property Day, established by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), is observed annually on April 26.

    It is to raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impacted on daily life, and to celebrate the contribution made by creators and innovators to the development of societies across the globe.

    The theme for this year’s celebration is “Innovate for a Green Future” aimed at taking a closer look at green innovation and sustainable technology.

    According to Asein, effective application of intellectual property can assist Nigeria to unlock its vast potential and empower more communities to become global players in the fields of science and medicine.

    He, therefore, called on academics and researchers to explore and provide empirical, IP-driven support to help refine, validate and propagate our traditional knowledge for the benefit of humanity.

    “Nigeria must continue to harness its rich diversity of traditional knowledge, and through a careful infusion of the modern intellectual property system, provide both positive and defensive protection for its traditional knowledge.

    “As the world marks this year’s IP Day, we urge academics and researchers to look inward and provide empirical support to help refine, validate and propagate our traditional knowledge for the benefit of humanity.

    “A green future should be one that also guarantees the protection of the nation’s biodiversity and the sustainable use of appropriate innovation.

    “This includes traditional knowledge, to find simple, safe and sustainable solutions for daily challenges in health, well-being, food, shelter and environmental safety.

    “This will complement government’s ongoing efforts at self-sufficiency and the vision for Nigerians to grow what we eat and consume what we make,” he said.

    The DG observed that the COVID-19 pandemic had exposed the fragile ecosystem of the world and reminded mankind of the need to use technology, creativity and innovation in a balanced, responsible, human-friendly and sustainable manner.

    He added that the current global scourge had exposed the vulnerability of developed and developing countries alike and how the choices made in one part of the world today could affect other parts.

    He, therefore, noted that there was no better time than now for the world to appreciate the consequences of the daily choices being made in different areas of human life.

    “The world can no longer ignore the consequences of unwholesome practices and innovations that threaten ecosystems, distort climatic conditions, deplete farm yields and foist untold hardship on people.

    “The depletion of the ozone layer, increasing global warming, acid rain, ocean plastic waste, water pollution, are some of these byproducts that threaten humans, animals and the planet on which we coexist.

    “The 2018 Global Innovation Index released by WIPO forecasts that by 2050, 85 per cent of the world’s primary energy needs will be derived from renewables, such as solar, wind, and geothermal power.

    “Countries are therefore encouraged to develop policies that support renewable energy and, fortunately, Nigeria is well endowed and it is already taking steps toward boosting the country’s performance index in the field of green technology,” he said.

    The director-general, urged everyone to embrace the campaign for a green future, adding that the commission would continue to give institutional support as part of a national strategy for a balanced and robust intellectual property.

    Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

  •  World Intellectual Property Day Foundation seeks laws to stimulate innovations
    World Intellectual Property Day: Foundation seeks laws to stimulate innovations
     World Intellectual Property Day Foundation seeks laws to stimulate innovations
    World Intellectual Property Day: Foundation seeks laws to stimulate innovations
    General news2 years ago

    World Intellectual Property Day: Foundation seeks laws to stimulate innovations

    Friends of the Creator (Artistic) Foundation (FCF), has called  on the Federal Government and  National Assembly, to formulate policies and enact laws that will stimulate innovations and creativity.


    The Foundation made the call in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja  to mark the 2020 World Intellectual Property Day (WIPD).


    The News Agency of Nigeria reports  that April 26 of every year is set aside for global commemoration of the crucial role that knowledge, in the form of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), plays in advancing humanity.

    The theme of this year’s celebration, as announced by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), a United Nations agency, is “Innovate for a Green Future”.

    In the statement, Dr Ogaga Ifowodo, the Chairman, Board of Trustees,FCF, said

    Nigeria must drive innovation that would liberate the country from fossil fuel dependence to become proud participants in the green, clean and sustainable economy future of the world.

    “Even before oil prices plummeted due to very low demand in the face of the global lockdown, the world was already gearing for the shift to a green, clean and sustainable future.

    “Nigeria cannot, now or post-coronavirus, afford to depend on oil as “the mainstay” of the economy.

    “If Nigeria is to make that crucial shift, the indispensable role of Intellectual Property Rights must also be given policy priority,” he said.

    Ifowodo, therefore, called on the government to guarantee the protection of copyright, patent, trade mark, design rights, geographical indication or appellation of origin rights, and plant-breeding rights

    He also stressed the need for the private sector, universities and research institutions, to join the global technology revolution in liberating the country from the fossilised dependence.

    “We have no doubt in the ability of our citizens, working alone or in collaboration with others in the universities, research institutes or other intellectual collectives, to innovate Nigeria out of its dangerous fossil fuel dependence.

    “They  can make us proud participants in the green, clean and sustainable economy future of the world,” he said

    Ifowodo called on the government to priotise education and ensure that the sector got  the highest budgetary allocation from 2021.

    “The critical juncture where the world finds itself now, prescribes a radical reassessment of priorities. 

    “For us in Nigeria, this requires a radical increase in the investment in education — which also demands the physical and curriculum rehabilitation of our educational institutions 

    “In short, FCF demands that starting from 2021, education must have the highest budgetary allocation,’ he said.


    Ifowodo said the theme of the 2020 WIPD was apt as it called for innovation as a knowledge-driven solution to the consequences of unrestrained abuse of the environment.

    He noted that prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the world had been given fiery warning with the devastating wild fires that swept through the  Amazon, Australia, Indonesia and California in the United States.

    “In short, 2019 was the year the earth was on fire.

    “The coronavirus pandemic, leading to the near-total lockdown of the world economy, gives final warning to humans to be better custodians of the earth or face extinction,” he said.

    Ifowodo recalled that  the foundation had marked previous World Intellectual Property Day with elaborate events .

    He said they offered only the press statement to mark the 2020 edition In deference to the social distancing imperative and the subsequent lockdown to slow down the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world.


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  •  Netflix Nollywood needs to protect its intellectual property Expert
    Netflix: Nollywood needs to protect its intellectual property – Expert
     Netflix Nollywood needs to protect its intellectual property Expert
    Netflix: Nollywood needs to protect its intellectual property – Expert
    Entertainment2 years ago

    Netflix: Nollywood needs to protect its intellectual property – Expert

    The Nigerian creative space, especially Nollywood needs strengthened copyright laws, with the entrance of Netflix into the industry, copyright expert, Samuel Andrews says.

    Nigeria News Agency reports that in March, streaming giant Netflix announced their grand entry into the Nigerian market and have since commissioned a series led by Akin Omotoso.

    Analysing Nollywood’s position with the new attention, Andrews, who is a professor of intellectual property, University of Gondar in Ethiopia said that it was a welcome development as it would give the industry increased visibility.

    He, however, noted that it gives Nigerian filmmakers a strategy to combat the adverse impact of piracy in Nigeria, a digital takeover began by IrokoTV in 2011, according to the

    Andrews added that Netflix investment is great but Nollywood stakeholders might lack the requisite knowledge for maximising the new resources that depend on certain legal fundamentals.

    He asked, “Are Nollywood filmmakers and stakeholders conversant with the ownership rights regime in the evolving digital copyright era?

    “Will Nollywood get value for its rich creative resources when negotiating across licensing and other transactional platforms?

    “How well would the Nigerian intellectual property laws – particularly its copyright laws – protect Nollywood creators in dealings with Netflix and other sophisticated partners? Nollywood is disadvantaged at present, but there is hope,” Andrews said.

    He decried the poor state of Nigeria’s copyright laws as they do not reflect the present realities in the creative sector, especially when it comes to licensing.

    NAN reports that the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) led the charge to change intellectual property laws to respond to digital creations and protect creativity.

    The outcome is the current global digitalised intellectual property regimes. Nigeria, with its archaic copyright regime, still lags behind.

    The country’s copyright laws and others which may complement copyright – including torts, contract and e-commerce laws – have not been updated since 1999.

    Worried, Andrews asked, “How can Nigerian creatives thrive globally if the minimum threshold for protecting their content isn’t modernised?”

    Contrasting Nollywood’s lag and Netflix’s legal leverage, he said, “Being the most successful video streaming platform, Netflix possesses the resources to protect its legal and business interest.

    “Some commentators believe that it might become a monopoly in the streaming industry. This scenario will adversely affect Nollywood by limiting the bargaining space for alternatives.

    “If these concerns are not properly addressed, Nollywood creators may be operating in an unequal legal and economic environment which favours the video-on-demand partners,” he said.

    To combat the gap, Andrews recommended that Nollywood stakeholders stick together and the proposed amended copyright bill be passed into law as soon as possible.

    NAN reports that he also recommended that Nollywood collaborates with experts in economics, analytics, statistics and adjacent fields to measure work value.

    He advised that Nollywood should also focus on the economics of creativity, as the industry needs metrics to track and measure skills and output of performances.

    Edited By: Ekemini Ladejobi





  •  FG nominates Adewopo to lead WIPO
    FG nominates Adewopo to lead WIPO
     FG nominates Adewopo to lead WIPO
    FG nominates Adewopo to lead WIPO
    Economy3 years ago

    FG nominates Adewopo to lead WIPO

    (Abuja) The Federal Government has nominated Prof. Adebambo Adewopo, a foremost professor of Intellectual Property to lead the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).

    Adewopo is one out of the 10 nominees recommended from different countries to head the UN agency beginning from September, 2020.

    Other nominees are from Columbia, Peru, Ghana, Japan, Argentina, Estonia, Singapore, Republic of Kazakhstan and China.

    Adewopo’s letter of nomination, signed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyema and made available to the Nigeria News Agency on Tuesday described him as most appropriate for the job.

    The nomination addressed to Mr Francis Gurry, the outgoing Director-General of WIPO in Switzerland stated that: “I have the honour to refer to WIPO’s note CN-3926-04 dated Sept. 30, 2019, on the nomination of candidates for the position of Director-General of WIPO.

    “I hereby present candidature of Professor Adebambo Adewopo, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), for the position on behalf of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

    “Professor Adewopo is a leading intellectual property rights expert both professional and academic with several years of experience.

    “He has held high-level positions, including a Director-General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (2004 to 2010).

    “He is very familiar with the workings of WIPO, having led numerous Nigerian delegations to various WIPO member state meetings and has also served as a tutor in WIPO’s distance learning programs,” it said.

    The letter further stated convictions on Adewopo’s nomination for the global assignment, adding  that he has the capacity and professional exposure to lead the 50-year-old institution and its current 192 member states.

    Onyeama affirmed the nominee as “Nigeria’s leading intellectual property expert with deep knowledge and practical experience in intellectual property and proven leadership.’’

    NAN reports that the 54-year old Adewopo holds LL.B degree from University of Maiduguri and LL.M from the University of Lagos before proceeding to the Franklin Pierce Intellectual Property Center, University of Hampshire, U.S., where he bagged another LL.M in Intellectual Property Law.

    He is a fellow of reputable institutes including Salzburg Seminar, Max Planck Institute of Competition, Intellectual Property and Centre for Studies in Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law, University of Edinburgh.

    He is also a product of the apex Nigerian policy institution, the Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos.

    He also attended Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, among his Executive programmes profile.

    Reacting to his nomination, Adewopo said if he emerged the next D-G of WIPO, his tenure would witness a three-point agenda aimed at deepening “Global cooperation; Global norms; and Global Development” of IPs across geographical and cultural borders.”

    NAN reports that the election is scheduled to hold in Geneva, where the General Assembly of WIPO will announce a new D-G to steer the affairs of the organisation for the next six years.    

    Edited by: Nick Nicholas/Grace Yussuf