Enforcing IP Rights through Government Agencies

Apart from exercising the statutory options available to right owners, an IP right holder may receive support from various authorised agencies to stop the infringement or perforation of his IP rights. The intervention of these agencies has proven to be effective in disrupting the business activities of identified infringers.

Such agencies include:

MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (MAN)

This is an association of local manufacturers who lobby to protect the interest of their members from unlawful competitors. This association enjoys the support of the Government.

STANDARDS ORGANISATION OF NIGERIA (SON)

SON was established primarily to deal with matters relating to industrial standards and to ensure that goods imported into the country are not sub-standard and are in compliance with approved standards in the country of import.

NIGERIAN CUSTOMS SERVICES (NCS)

The assistance of the NCS is usually sought to procure relevant information, which may lead to the detection and the seizure of containers of infringing goods.

NIGERIA POLICE FORCE (NPF)

The presence of the NPF is usually needed in enforcement and criminal prosecution.

MARKET UNION

The assistance of the association can be enlisted to educate their members by creating awareness about infringement of an IP right.

CONSUMER PROTECTION COUNCIL (CPC)

Amongst its other functions, the CPC can assist to seek ways and means of removing or eliminating from the market hazardous products and causing offenders to replace such products with safer and more appropriate alternatives.