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IPSERIES features talks on recent intellectual property cases and trends globally.
Intellectual Property (IP) is an intangible work that involves human creativity and innovation used in commerce.

This podcast makes emphasis on how intellectual property(IP) is all around us and the value of these IP assets by turning intangible assets into exclusive property rights even if its for a limited period of time.

IP would include copyright, trademark,patent, industrial design, trade secret, plant variety, geographical indication etc.

IP owners can also exploit and commercialize them.
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Registration of Intellectual Property under the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI).
1. An overview of the OAPI IP system 2. the procedure for registering using OAPI 3. cost and the benefit of using OAPI 4. the type of IPs that can be registered 5. challenges 6. Are you aware of any effort made to have a single IP market for registration of IP in Africa 7. What is the criteria for registering with OAPI 8. Did the pandemic and lockdown affect registration 9. List of liaison office and any other information you would like to share
January 25, 2022
What to do when your design goes viral"
A response to a question asked by one of my followers @Chucky_bunny with regards to a 2d restaurant in South Korea where this design of the Abuja restaurant called "Sketch" was replicated. Are they any legal implications? Or because the protection doesn’t cover this territory it may not apply? What should architect know about intelle? Are Architectural designs a subject of intellectual property protection?
January 14, 2022
What Songwriters should know about Copyright and Contracts.
In 2019, Elliott v. Cartagena et al, S.D.N.Y., No. 1:19-cv-1998, 1/6/22. files a suit against Fat Joe and Remy Ma claiming he had been cheated out of his proper compensation and ownership in the song "All the Way Up". In this episode, i discuss the concept of ownership as it relates to Musical Works, the right to claim authorship, assignment of copyright and mode of resolving copyrighted works
January 10, 2022
2021 Christmas Day Intellectual Property Highlights: Cases, news and development
25th December, 2019 I started the #IPSERIES Christmas Day Intellectual Property Highlight for that year by analysing cases, development, news and events. Today is the 3rd edition and I hope to keep sharing my intellectual property highlight for each year because I know how difficult it is to stay consistent which requires a lot of discipline. In the 3rd edition of #IPSERIES Christmas Intellectual Property Highlight 2021 I present to you my list of the topics, cases, news and development that made it to this year's list; #NFTs #AmenoAmapianoRemix #Meta #DabusAI #intellectualproperty #namingrights #sponsorship #advertisement #imagerights #copyrightinfringment #Google #Oracle #year2021 #IPSERIESWrappedin2021 Do let me know in the comment which topic is your favourite, share, like, retweet, subscribe to all the #ipseries media formats Thank you and Merry Christmas 🎄
December 31, 2021
A Commentary on the Nigerian Plant Variety Act
New #IPSERIES with a short review on the Nigerian Plant Variety Protection Act, 2021 with a short discuss about the José Cánovas Pardo SL v Club de Variedades Vegetales Protegidas in respect of the Nadorcott variety of mandarin tree
December 29, 2021
IP and Nollywood: Nigeria Outlook
In this episode i had Onajite Odiete the Legal Executive at Trino-Motion Picture, and Co- Founder Legallyplugged came to talk to us about her journey into the film industry; What her daily routine is like Prevailing issues in the industry, Relevant laws, the importance of intellectual property, Favourite movie at the moment and why? Effect of piracy in the film industry, trends to watch out
December 27, 2021
Roar in a Rumble: A Predator without Fear
The new podcast edition of the #IPSERIES features my view on what constitutes an infringement of a mark, elements of passing off and how intellectual property is important for the fast moving consumer goods industry. A case study is the Rite Foods Limited v Nigerian Bottling Company drinks "FEARLESS" "PREDATOR" You can also listen to my Podcast recording with Mrs Vivian Okoh-Oluntunfese about the FMCG industry and read the newsletter.
December 14, 2021
Intellectual Property Rights in the automotive Industry
Episode 50 of #IPSERIES features conversation on how a 30-year-old battle by an independent inventor fought to maintain control over the windshield wiper he built-in 1963. This episode sheds light on the "Intellectual Property Rights That Exist in the Automotive Industry" #automotiveindustry #FordMotorsCompany #RobertKearn #Patent #Infringment
December 06, 2021
Are there any intellectual property rights that exists in a comedy skit?
With top comedy skit makers like MarkAngel, Josht2Funny, Crazeclown, BrodaShaggi, Taooma, Mr Macroni, Maraji etc who use the creative talent to showcase short witty and funny videos. A good percentage of Nigerians watch comedy skits however, what's in it for these talents who express their creativity in a tangible form (videos or audio) to create awareness on social trends and social issues. In the 49th episode of #IPSERIES I had Ijeoma Unachukwu, BL, LLM, CIPP/US a returning guest on my podcast to talk about "Intellectual Property Rights in Comedy Skits in the digital era" I had an awesome time recording this episode and thank you Ijeoma for coming back on my podcast.
October 22, 2021
Intellectual Property Rights that exist in a photograph and rights of a photographer"
In what would have changed the tides and set a precedent when it came to image right protection, the Court of Appeal dismissed the case between the Appellant Oluwadamilola Banire v NTA-STAR TV Network Ltd stating that the claim for image rights and the torts of passing off did not apply and that the ownership of the copyright in the photograph belonged to her employer Virtual Media Network Limited. In the 48th edition of the #IPSERIES podcast, I did a commentary analyzing issues on image rights protection, the tort of passing off, licensing agreement, the rights that exist in a photograph and the intellectual property rights of a photographer. #copyrightinfringement #fairuse #imagerights #tortofpassingoff #licensingagreement #photograph #artisticwork Please share with your friends and contact groups.
September 23, 2021
#Sexforgrade: Who owns the story? An IP lesson for journalists and writers.
Episode 47; So in light of the case between Kiki Mordu v OgeObi over acknowledgement, credit and intellectual property theft of the #BBC Story on the #Sexforgradecase that went viral in 2020 #KikiMordi, #Oge and ors(bear with me) I started with a brief foundation on what intellectual property is while focusing on copyright which protects original works in a fixed medium. #BBC #kikimordu
August 12, 2021
"How Heirs and successor can commercialize the intellectual property rights of a deceased author"
In the 46th episode of #ipseries , I discussed how heirs and successors of deceased intellectual property owners can own, exploit and generate revenue from the works created and inherited using the recent case of Femi Kuti v All Progressive Congress (APC) where the political party was asked to cease & desist from using the name "FELA KUTI" on a t-shirt with the word "JAGABAN". #intellectualproperty #trademark #felakuti #ipowners #politics #APC #podcast #rightofpublicity #deceasedIPRs #trademark #imagerights
August 09, 2021
"Please Call Me": My Employer won't pay for using my Patent
An invention inspired by love has been in dispute for 20years will there be a happy ending? In episode 45, i talked about patents, infringement, available remedies for IP owners l, lessons from the "Please Call Me" case and dispute with Vodacom (Pty) Ltd.
July 16, 2021
Coke Fiasco: Brand CR7 Moves More Than Bottles
In episode 44, i focus on what sponsorship and endorsement are, how athletes can build a career from having personal brand post the end of the sporting career, ambush marketing, IP due diligence, Contracts, Sports and intellectual property lawyer, agents and my recommendation for the sports industry in Africa
July 08, 2021
Are Indigenous work subject to IP Protection?
A few weeks ago the Internet was buzzing because 2 British and owner of an outerwear retail company called #Timbuktu had trademarked the word #Yoruba and had opposed the registration of #CultureTree in registering #YorubaStars. In this new #IPSERIES, on "Are indigenous works subject to intellectual property protection and the International framework available to prevent misuse and misappropriation" #Yorubaisnotforsale I shared my thoughts on the topic? Do let me know what you think and be on the lookout for the podcast version. #intellectualproperty #podcast #trademarkopposition #indigenousworks #IPRs
June 30, 2021
How to determine likelihood of confusion: What SMEs should know before taking their idea to the mkt
It's Friday, on today's#IPSERIES I will b talking about the #Chanel v #Huawei case on the similarities of the two brands logos, how "Likelihood of confusion is determined" & what #SMEs need to know before taking their idea to the market 😉
June 18, 2021
Exploring relevant IP protection for UI/UX design
On this episode i had Samuel Abu talk on UI/UX design and what the tech community should know about the interplay of intellectual property protection. We discussed on what is Industrial design and why is it relevant for UI/UX designers; What is the essence of industrial design in the software industry; What are the trends we should look out for in relation to UI/UX designers: Why is  important to protect the "look and feel" of these GUIs, icons and other visual indicators; What other types of IP rights can be explored to protect the UI/UX; What IP strategy can a UI/UX designer adopt; User experience and user-interface design what is the difference? ; List of brands that use UX/UI design and how they have been able to commercialize it and exploit the intellectual property; Are there any misconceptions about design protection in the UX/UI area. #Softwareindustry;
June 14, 2021
Fast fashion: the world of serial copiers and the interplay with intellectual property" 
In celebration of the #FashionLawDay, I talked about "Fast fashion: the world of serial copiers and the interplay with intellectual property"  The cases that inspired this topic is the #Hanifa #PLT & #FisanyeLong #Kaicollection #Boohoo #Gucci #Culturalappropriation
May 16, 2021
What business owners should know about Trademark as intellectual property.
Hey guys in light of the recent development on #AuntJemima changing it's name and logo to #PearlMillingCompany here are a few things to know about "Trademark ™️ as an Intellectual Property" A #thread #IPSERIES. Blacklife matters. In a publication dated 9/2/2021 and published by CNN Business, it read that #AuntJemima finally has a new name" How can a name or logo be changed in Nigeria? Well Rule 86 of the Trademark Regulations 1967- an application will be made to the Registar in accordance with
May 13, 2021
Image rights/right of publicity: why Consent Permission and Authorization (CPA) is needed
A short thread on image rights/right of publicity: why Consent Permission and Authorization (CPA) is needed
May 09, 2021
When Violation of a trademark can lead to cancellation and deadlines: Lessons from Bentley
New #IPSERIES on "When Violation of a trademark can lead to cancellation and deadlines: Lessons from Bentley #intellectualproperty #trademark #iprs
May 03, 2021
The principle of fair use: a smart way to avoid a copyright infringement claim: Google v Oracle
The principle of fair use: a smart way to avoid copyright infringement claim: Google v Oracle and the Warhol case So it's been 10 years and we finally have a judgement from the supreme court. In this episode, I had Rick Sanders to talk about how this case has impacted the software industry, trends to look out for, why the patent claim was dismissed, the fair use principle and the four guiding factors.
April 26, 2021
Are Gospel/Christian songs eligible for copyright protection: RCCG v Akande Akinbode Emmanuel
New #IPSERIES on "Whether Gospel/Christian songs are eligible for copyright protection: RCCG v Mr Akande Akinbode Emmanuel over the song I'll never be ungrateful" #intellectualproperty #copyright #gospelmusic #christianmusic #RCCG #infringement #iprs #eligibleworks
March 31, 2021
Can a design be patented? ComingtoAmerica2 v UgoMonye for his Reale design
#IPSERIES What do you think? Can a design be patented? Was the Reale design incorporated into the agbada used in #ComingToAmerica2 #intellectualproperty #trademarks #copyright In light of #Ugomonye saying his "Reale design aka Ebuka's design was replicated and featured in #Coming2America, here's my view on whether or not a design can be patented on today's #IPSERIES
March 26, 2021
Type of trademarks that can be registered and allowed under the Nigerian Trademark Act
New #IPSERIES on " The type of trademarks that can be registered and allowed under the Trademark Act: A clash over the word #BossLady by two ex #BBNaija Housemates"
March 16, 2021
The culture of celebrity branding: commercializing & exploitation of their name & likeness
Today's #IPSERIES is on "The culture of celebrity branding: commercializing & exploitation of their name & likeness through trademark" using Dr Omotola J. Ekeinde, case on trade marking her name "Omotola" #trademark #genericmark #personalname #celebrity
February 28, 2021
The unending love between Valentine amd Intellectual Property
In light of Valentine's Day i will be talking anout intellectual property rights that exist in valentine and the role of intellectual property.
February 24, 2021
Oloture: Whose IP is it anyway?
My view on oloture: Who's IP is it anyway. In the recent copyright infringement and IP theft accusation against EbonyLife Media by Miss Tobore, i look at the issues around authorship, ownership, who can claim authorship in a copyrighted work, an adaptation of life story, the thin line between copying and inspiration and gave my recommendation, i hope parties will either settle out of court or go to court and let the court decide thereby giving us a precedent to work with. See link to the tweet
February 06, 2021
Why you need consent to use an intellectual property
New #IPSERIES on "I want it, I got it: not applicable in intellectual property" in the of Viera Amber v Olorunshola Emmanuel over the design in a yellow danfo bus bag. #intellectualproperty #iprs #copyright #industrialdesign #design #danfobus #competition #FHchallenge #copyrightinfringement
January 29, 2021
Time: the gatekeeper and beginning of everything"
New #IPSERIES on the 3 major events for today 1/1/2021 which are: 1. Public Domain Day 2. Launch of #AfCFTA & 3. The New Nice Classification 2021.
January 15, 2021
Understanding the basic terms of a contract: Lesson from Shameless v Joe Public Holdings/Spit fire
On thia final episode, i had Ms Adwoa Ankoma talk about the need for artists to always understand their contracts before signing, importance and role of a lawyer, image rights, a need for policy for creatives, ownership of a aork and revenue generation for artist.
December 31, 2020
E-sport: the future of games
In light of the new normal, sports fanatics had to embrace virtual aports aka e-sports. On this episode i had Mr Stephen Ojo talk about what esport means to him, trends to look out for, e-sport structure and challenges, the mode of resolving e-sports related dispute, best and most controversial e-sport case, the interplay of intellectual property, technology and e-sports.
December 28, 2020
Taking a walk in the world of copyright.
On this episode, Eleonora Rosati an Associate Professor in Intellectual Property Law, Stockholm University; Editor, Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice (Oxford University Press)   'PermaKat', The IPKat  and Co-Founder, Fashion Law London talked copyright, best and most controversial copyright case, the fusion of technology and intellectual property, the impact of covid 19 to creatives, the best mode of resolving IP related dispute, trends to look out for in 2021.
December 24, 2020
Dissecting fashion law
On this episode, i had Rosie Burbridge who is the author of European Fashion Law: A Practical Guide from Start-up to Global Success, we talk about what fashion law is, the impact of covid 19 to the fashion industry, best fashion case, beat form of intellectual property and best mode of resolving fashion related dispute.
December 20, 2020
All you need to know about Collective Management Organisation in Nigeria as a creative.
On this episode with Mr Lumi Mustapha @lumes_bg, we talked about what collecting societies do, the best and most controversial cases, existing structures, fraud withing CMOs in Africa, how CMOs can generate revenue for the artist, synchronisation rights, trends to look out for in 2021
December 17, 2020
Basics of software licensing
On this episode, our guest Ijeoma Unachukwu talked on the fusion of intellectual property and technology, software licensing, best for of IP Commercialization, resolving software disputes, trends to look out for.
December 11, 2020
Geographical Indication as a tool for boosting and exporting a country's product
In this episode with Mr Sand Mba-Kalu we talked about what geographical indication(GI) is? The economic benefits, the impact of covid 19 if any, what differentiates GI from other intelellectual property such as copyright, trademark, trade secrets, GI as a source indicator aof a soil, international treaties.
December 07, 2020
Why you should consider Merchandising.
On this episode Selina Davis focuses on merchandising, the evonomic importance, relevant industry, examples of merchandising branding. #Fenty #Retail #Branding #Merchandise #EndSARS
December 04, 2020
Trademarks and SMEs
For our Christmas edition, i had Erik Pelton on this episode to talk about trademark for SMEs, the impact of covid 19, trends to look out for in 2021, Amazon registry, best form of trademark, big brands and small brands
December 01, 2020
Understanding the uncommon IP called plant variety/Breeders Right
I had Yolanda Huerta who is the Legal Counsel and Director of Training and Assistance at UPOV talk about New Plant Variety/ Breeders Right. Is it really an uncommon form of IP? What are the legal framework? Term of duration, conditions for a new plant variety, the role of breeders, farmers, the impact of plant variety on climate change. #plantvariety #breedersright #ADR #Arbitration #farmers #growers #agriculture #IPRs #OAPI #UPOV #EndSars #Endpolicebrutality
November 25, 2020
Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) and intellectual property & trends post covid 19
I have another guest with me where we get to talk about Fast Moving Consumer Goods(FMCG), the relevant sectors, stakeholders, Force Majeure, actions taken by the government, impact of covid 19, trends to look out for and Advice for the stakeholders, practitioners and everyone
November 21, 2020
The thin line between fair dealing, sampling and copyright infringment.
In our first guest podcast, we had Mark Jaffe share his thoughts on the Nicki Minaj and Tracy Chapman case which in a recent judgement the court held that Minaj use sampling of Chapman’s song “Baby Can I Hold You" was fair use and not copyright infringement. We talked about what is obtainable in the U. S and Nigeria with regards to fair use/dealing. Liability in copyright infringement and the "De minimis rule. #EndSARS #EndBadGovernance #CongoBleeds #NigeriaBleeds #LekkiMassacre #LagosMassacre #EndPoliceBrutality #EndBrutality
October 25, 2020
What are the Intellectual Property Rights that exist in a protest in the digital age
In light of the #ENDSARS #ENDPOLICEBRUTALITY #SÓRÓSÓKE #ENDSWAT #ENDBADGOVERNANCE, this episode takes a look at IPRs that may exist as a result of the protest. We looked image rights, right of publicity, terms of use of a social media platform, social contract, data protection issues, IP in the digital age, ownership in the digital age and the relevant IPs such as trademark and copyright. Legal remedies and implications. ADR and litigating IP related dispute, Trademark strategy.
October 19, 2020
Intellectual Property Rights in Video Games and Synchronisation License
This episode talks about how an artist can commercialize and exploit their intellectual property by opting to sync their music in video games, film amd commercials. The recently released #FIFA21 Soundtrack features FireBoy DML song "Scatter", Leyma " Been a minute" .
October 05, 2020
Off Trademark and Domain Name: Generic or Not: Lessons learnt from the case
In this episode, we look at the case between the United State Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) v case where the Supreme Court upheld the decisions of the Circuit Court that was not generic and had acquired secondary meaning over time and under the Lanham Act, the consumer is king,” Grounds for refusal to register a mark. Scope of protection.
September 27, 2020
"When non use of a trademark leads to a partial or total cancellation or revocation of a mark'
In this episode, I had three newsflashes: The Keeping Up With the Kardashian show coming to an end after 14 years and 20 seasons; Burna Boy releasing merchandise for his song "Monster you made" from his "Twice as tall" album and finally, Burberry's check patterned trademark. The grounds for revocation of a mark under the European Union Trademark Rule and the Nigerian Trademark Act with our case study Ares Performance AG vs Ferrari S. P. A. How you can renew your trademark. #AresPerfomanceAG #Ferrari #Trademark #Nonuse #Revocation #IntellectualProperty #Trademarkclasses #IPRs #Twiceastall #Monsteryoumade #Keepingupwiththekardashians #Burberry
September 09, 2020
What this podcast is about
Ever wondered what the podcast is about? IPSERIES features talks on latest intellectual property cases and development globally. Intellectual Property (IP) is an intangible work that involves human creativity and innovation used in commerce. This podcast makes emphasis on how intellectual property(IP) is all around us and the value of these IP assets by turning intangible assets into exclusive property rights even if its for a limited period of time. IP would include copyright, trademark,patent, industrial design, trade secret, plant variety, geographical indication etc. IP owners can also exploit and commercialize them. Dont forget you can send in your questions and comments to
September 02, 2020
The Battle of Marks in a Likelihood of Confusion in a logo and word mark
This episode features two cases on the Likelihood of confusion in a logo and word mark. The Prepear v Apple Inc case on a trademark opposition which is said to cause confusion AND Reels v Reelz Channel which focuses on Trademark Infringement, Trademark Dilution and Unfair Competition.
August 16, 2020
How to keep a secret the IP way: Lessons from Tesla v Rivian
This episode talks about how much confidential information is worth as intellectual property. Why you need an NDA? Advantages of a trade secret and the remedies available for suing a competitor for trade secret theft. "To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect to keep it is folly" Oliver Wendell Homes
August 07, 2020
3D Printing in the Fashion Industry and the Role of Intellectual Property
On the 22nd of May 2020, Anifa Mvemba owner of Hanifa Clothing line showcased her #PinkLabelCongo Collection virtually on Instagram using 3D simulation models instead of live models. This episode talks about what 3D Printing really is; the relevant Industry that uses 3D Printing and the role intellectual Property plays in the fashion industry
July 22, 2020
“Reasons why your trademark application is rejected”
On this episode we feature the case of Valentino v the Trademark Trial Appeal Board (TTAB) on the various arms of the United State Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) refusal to register the word “ROCKSTUD” & ROCKSTUD SPIKE. I also look out the what a weak and strong trademark, what a disclaimer is, right to appeal, amending a trademark.
July 08, 2020
The Role of IP and Branding for MSME’s in the 21st Century of Digital disruption: Post Covid-19
In celebration of the #MSME’s Day I will be talking about ”The Role of IP and Branding for MSME’s in the 21st Century of Digital , I will be talking about ”. How MSMEs in Nigeria can benefit and exploit Intellectual Property and the way forward. #MSME’sday #Copyright #Trademark #Industrialdesign #Patent #IPProtection #IPSERIES #Branding #IPStrategy #Brandexpansion
June 27, 2020
Intellectual Property (IP) as a “Work for Hire” and the authorized use of an IP.
In this case of a Twitter handle @Louisajlo v The Living in Bondage:Breaking free management and Ramsey Nouah who was the director of the movie. We will talking about what “Work for Hire” means when it comes to intellectual Property and the implication of using unauthorized IP works, the relevant IP a graphic design can enjoy protection, why you need a contract, exceptions to “Work for Hire”, how to prove copyright infringement and best mechanism for resolving IP dispute using alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanisms
June 21, 2020
Unauthorized use of photograph, image rights, right of publicity, rights of a record label
Unauthorized use of photograph, Image Rights, Right of Publicity, Copyright Infringement, Rights of a Record Label,Exclusive license. The case of Cynthia Morgan v Jude Okoye and her Manager; Mrs Amuda Adeleke v Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his campaign director Dr Bukola Saraki
June 20, 2020
”How to Commence a Copyright Infringement Suit and The Battle of the Logo”
As an intellectual property owner, you are entitled to remedies either as a civil or criminal remedy. It's advisable to be proactive by registering your IP, exerting your right and also be paid and acknowledged for your hard work.
June 04, 2020
Exploring Movie Franchise in the Film Industry
In celebration of Star Wars 43rd anniversary, I chose to talk about how filmmakers can commercial their movies by building a brand and a franchise. ” The film industry's most valuable asset is Intellectual Property, which can be protected by copyrights, trademarks, patents, and the right of publicity for distribution deals.”
May 25, 2020
Rights of Copyright Owners and The Roles of a Collective Management Organisation (CMO)”
#IPSERIES COVID-19 EDITION episode 1 features “Rights of Copyright Owners and The Roles of a Collective Management Organisation (CMO)” in Nigeria, the exclusive rights accorded to a copyright owner
May 18, 2020