|Some Bedding is more comfy|
than others ... *
"The 'supposed' copy of the Court’s judgment which was handed down by Adamu Bello J, sitting in the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday 5 June 2012, contains six declarations and a perpetual injunction: the sixth declaration and the injunction may have the combined disastrous effect of nullifying all elections conducted in 2011 and preventing future elections using the claimant's patented products.
While we expect individuals to respect the rights of intellectual property owners, we should also expect the state, agents or those acting in the interest of the state, to do the same. Generally, this is good news for IP owners (especially genuine local innovative and creative companies) but also, though unfortunate, good news for constitutional lawyers in Nigeria as the political chaos this may create is beyond imagination. On the brighter side for IP enthusiasts, this means that the Nigerian government will now become more IP-sensitive in its policy-making.
We hope the losing party can somehow settle this and/or obtain a licence to bring this matter to an end. Sadly, it has found itself as the weaker party on the bargaining table.Kingsley promises a full case commentary on this latest development once he has had the chance to consider the judgment in detail -- and that will appear on the Afro-IP blog.
* Cat bedding by Red Dog Dezigns, here.