A-Z of Protecting Mobile and Tablet Apps in Nigeria


A-Z of Protecting Mobile and Tablet Apps in Nigeria

Introduction

It’s a good thing if you think you have a mobile or tablet app that you are certain that the world needs.

Technology based transactions are growing everyday in Nigeria. Success stories abound from  “Hi Nolly”, “Nigerian Constitution app”, “Naija pings”, “Mocality”, “Slim Trader”, “M.Farm”, “M.Pedigree”  to numerous other popular apps Nigerians and numerous other nationals use.

Intellectual property (IP) is intangible property that is created in someone’s mind using his intellect or other tangible goods. Categories include apps, art, literary works, music, inventions, designs, processes and trademarks.

Intellectual property has value just like tangible property, and you have to protect it otherwise your property can be exploited without your knowledge or permission.

The laws enumerated below make up the legal regime for the protection of Intellectual Property Rights in Nigeria.

Nigerian Copy Right Act, Cap. C 28 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004

Patents and Designs Act, Cap P2, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004;

Trade Marks Act, Cap. T13 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004; and

Merchandise Marks Act Cap. M10 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004

Licenses and Your Rights

Great market

Risk starts early…

App piracy

Making money from your app

Black market stores for apps

Data generated

End-user agreement

Indemnity clauses

Privacy issues

Protecting your apps

Losing control of your app can be dangerous in many ways for you and your company. To take full control of your app, please get in touch with your I.P. Lawyer today.

Conclusion

Many issues come up when drafting a license agreement for your apps. Laws relating to intellectual property can be extremely complicated. An IP lawyer can provide invaluable help with drafting your agreement and enforcing it

Olufola Wusu Esq.  Copyright © 2012

.Legal Practitioner.  .Contracts Specialist. .Commercialization of Intellectual Property.

Partner with Megathos Law Practice

Okay let’s get started…

Your thoughts anyone?

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