By Oboh Agbonkhese
LAGOS – TheÂ Lagos State government has been asked to work towards protecting intellectual property which requires re-branding Alaba International Market in line with the stateâ€™s drive to attain the status of a mega-city.
Dr Bankole Shodipo, an expert on Intellectual Property Law, gave this advice at the formal presentation and launching of Intellectual Property Law Reports in honour of Justice M. Babatunde Belgore, retired Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) in Lagos, yesterday.
According to Shodipo, who reviewed the reports, â€œif Lagos State must be a real mega-city, intellectual property must be protected and such protection must start with re-branding the popular Alaba International Market.â€
He added that while the natural resources the country so much depended on diminishes with time, human resources, and by extension intellectual property appreciates and could change the economy for the better.
The reports, a compilation of the superior courts judgments on Copyright, Design, Trade Mark and Patent actions, spanning 90 years (1917-2007) and edited by Bamidele A. Adeleye, is in 5 volumes.
Earlier, Justice Abdullai Mustapha, Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, commended the efforts the honouree, M. B. Belgore, put into expanding the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, adding that Federal Chief Justices have increased from 20 to 60 as a result of the legacy he left behind. He also lauded the efforts of Mr. Bamidele A. Adeleye, the Editor-in-Chief and publisher of the reports.
Chief Ernest Shonekan, former Head of State, Chairman at the event; Lai Mohammed, representing Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Chief Launcher; Prof. Iruku (SAN) and representatives of Kogi State Governor and Dr. Olusola Saraki, were some of the dignitaries at the event.