HAPPY MARRIED “I.P.” LIFE


  HAPPY MARRIED  “I.P.” LIFE
Two wonderful friends of mine Kunle Dare Akinbanjo and Raji Agnes Oluwamayowa got married recently and I was amazed at the amount of IP that flies around in a wedding ceremony.

It’s actually true, weddings contain a great deal of Intellectual Property.

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

Nigerian Copyright 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

 

Intellectual Property in Weddings;

The basic types of Intellectual property prevalent in weddings  are the following; Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks and Trade Secrets.
Here is a quick sample of the Intellectual Property that flies around in a wedding.

Your wedding programme, guest list, pictures, video recording are protected by copyright.
Your invitations, programs, place cards are covered by copyright.
Your menu list and the recipes involved in the making of the dishes, drinks and cakes are probably protected by trade secrets, non disclosure agreements and copyright.

Your wedding procession and all the wonderful dance steps as recorded in the video also fall under copyright.

The sound system used is protected by numerous patents, trademark and industrial designs.

The general decor i.e. lighting, linens, extra floral arrangements and
arrangement of the hall is covered by trade dress/IP protection in some other jurisdictions.

The grand entrance you came up with will fall under copyright, trade secret and non disclosure agreements.

Your wedding band is protected by patents and a trade mark well it’s not owned by you.

The rites of your traditional wedding fall under folklore and indigenous knowledge.

The attire i.e. gown, tux or dress, suit, whatever you wore are also protected by copyright, trademarks and industrial designs

The accessories (veil, jewelry, watch and cufflinks, etc.) are protected by patents, industrial designs and trademarks etc.

“What went down after the reception” *winks* would probably fall under non disclosure, non solicitation and trade secret protection.

Conclusion
We won’t ask and you won’t tell.

Well eventually when junior pops out that will be another kettle of IP on its own…

Happy Married Life folks

OLUFOLA WUSU ESQ

NOVEMBER 2012

Olufola Wusu Esq. © 2012

Lead Partner with Megathos Law Practice

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Olufola Wusu is a Legal Practitioner, Contracts Specialist and Intellectual Property consultant

He can be reached at folawusu@yahoo.com

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3 Comments

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3 responses to “HAPPY MARRIED “I.P.” LIFE

  1. laolu7

    the photographer….u left me out

  2. Happy married life friends.

    Have a bright future.

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