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THE REAPPOINTMENT OF PROFESSOR DANBATTA AS NCC’S BOSS

In an effort to consolidate the gains made in the telecommunications sector in line with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, approved the reappointment of Professor Umar Garba Danbatta as the Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

Professor Danbatta’s reappointment was based on the recommendation of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, in line with the Nigerian Communications Act, 2003. While wishing Professor Danbatta the best, the Honourable Minister directed him to significantly improve on the overall performance of the Commission as well as ensure that adequate mechanisms are put in place to facilitate the implementation of all policies of the Federal Government through the Ministry.

Furthermore, the Honourable Minister enjoined him to ensure that the interest of telecommunication consumers, Nigerians and investors are adequately protected.

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) congratulates Professor Danbatta on his reappointment as the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC)/CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and wishes him more fruitful years in the service of our fatherland.

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The world as we knew it, has changed forever

The world as we knew it, has changed forever. A new strain of Coronavirus known as COVID-19 was reported to have started in Wuhan, China and has changed the way that individuals interact, how families live, social rules which societies live by, the way that organisations carry out their business, how travel is conducted between nations and in every sphere of human living, the rules of engagement have been modified.

Thankfully, governments all over the world have responded in the best way they could but unfortunately, and quite sadly though, many lives have still been lost to COVID-19. We pray for the consolation of families who have lost loved ones. We are grateful to everyone who is spending nearly all their waking moments providing support and comfort at this time. From ambulance teams to hospital staff to lab scientists and hospital auxiliary staff, these people deserve our undiluted appreciation. Our hearts reach out to all.

As businesses have moved online, conducting their business virtually, the use of various meeting platforms has also increased. These companies have also made considerable efforts to improve on the features of their products and services.

There has also been a commensurate increase in websites providing various services/products in relation to COVID-19 at this time. Unfortunately, criminals have also taken advantage of the prevailing circumstance, to perpetuate evil using fraudulent websites, creating and registering domain names with phrases like “COVID”, “pandemic” and ‘corona’. As a responsible organisation, NiRA in collaboration with its Accredited Registrars has taken steps to ensure the Nigerian public is protected from the activities of these individuals. We are all advised to take care and not be taken in by these set of people. You should always verify all claims and we advise strongly that we all abide by the guidelines as advised by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). Do visit the NCDC website for all updates with respect to the COVID-19 via the link https://covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/

We are urging all to please stay safe and may the world come out of this experience as a better and more caring world.

 

Muhammed Rudman

President, NiRA

NITDA ISSUES GUIDELINE FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF PERSONAL DATA BY PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS IN NIGERIA

On the 17th May 2020, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) issued a press release on ‘Guideline for the Management of Personal Data By Public Institutions in Nigeria’. The issued guideline is supplementary regulation to the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR), 2019.

This new guideline is to reinforce the implementation of the NDPR as all the principles and provisions of the NDPR remain valid and applicable to all Nigerians including public institutions.  It also requires the processing of all personal data of Nigerians and Data Subjects in Nigeria by public institutions and co-owned government entities in conformity with the highest standards and best practices. The use of secure technology and automated processes for personal data by Public Institutions is mandatory in line with the requirements of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, championed by Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy. 

For more details about this press release, please visit the NITDA website via the link:

https://nitda.gov.ng/press-release-guidelines-for-the-management-of-personal-data-by-public-institutions-in-nigeria/

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (IP) STARS IN NIGERIA

According to World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), ‘Intellectual Property (IP) refers to creations of the mind such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce’. https://www.wipo.int/about-ip/en/

Intellectual Property is a term used to describe intangible assets, of value and that are original ideas or creation of individuals/organisations. In law, by patents, copyright, trademarks) and trade secrets, intellectual property is protected, thus enabling people to earn recognition and/or financial benefit from what they invent or create.

Intellectual property lawyers are experts who deal with legal issues related to the ownership of trademarks, copyrights, patents and trade secrets. They act as legal advisors and advocates on a wide variety of matters and are in high demand, especially as many businesses are going online. They are contacted for a range of reasons, including protection of intellectual property, preventing unauthorised use of trade names as domain names for some websites, to mention a few. Owners of the trademarks do not take kindly to others using their names for unapproved or fraudulent activities, including the use of their trademarks as domain names. They, therefore, rely on the IP lawyers to ensure their tradenames and/ or trademarks are not impersonated and or misused.

Nigeria boasts of a number of Law Firms with well recognised Intellectual Property Practices, including Aluko & Oyebode (AO), Jackson, Etti & Edu (JEE), etc. Organisations looking for intellectual property lawyers may contact IP Stars, a leading resource for experienced legal practitioners for contentious and non-contentious IP advice.

Worldwide, Intellectual Property Practices are ranked annually by Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars.

On the website of IP Stars, in 2019, both Aluko & Oyebode and Jackson, Etti & Edu (JEE) were recommended in practice areas of ‘patent’ and ‘copyright and related rights’. https://www.ipstars.com/Jurisdiction/Nigeria/Rankings/8485#rankings

For the 2020 rankings, IP Stars placed JEE in the Tier 1  in the trademark practice area of their ranking. IP Stars states that the rankings reflect their understanding of the strengths of the firms vis-a-viz their rivals, and a firm ranked as Tier 1 tends to have a leading reputation or expertise in the relevant practise area, long-established practitioners and a varied portfolio of work. Jackson, Etti & Edu (JEE) also received an award (Firm of the Year -Nigeria) under the Africa category at the 15th annual Managing IP Awards on the 5th March 2020 in London, UK as MIP revealed the EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) award winners.

The 2020 rankings by Chambers Global Guide specifically highlights Uwa Ohiku, Chinyere Okorocha and Obafemi Agaba of Jackson Etti and Edu (JEE) for their expertise in intellectual property and anti-counterfeiting related matters, Koye Edu and Fola Olusanya for their solid track record in commercial advisory and cites Asamah Kadiri for his skilled corporate litigation.

The Chambers Global Guide ranks top lawyers and firms in over 190 countries, based on technical legal ability, client service, commercial vision and business understanding, diligence, value for money, depth of the team, and professional conduct.

The ratings are generated from direct client feedback, information submitted by each firm, and an in-depth review of public filings on each firm’s transactions – all of which is analysed by a London-based team of 200+ researchers.

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) is proud to be associated with Jackson, Etti and Edu and Aluko & Oyebode and wish both firms many more successes.