Most counterfeit goods are made from stolen intellectual property. Intellectual properties (IP) are products or ideas that are protected by the law from unauthorized use.
To help in the fight against the counterfeit of goods, AGA-Africa Programme in collaboration with the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research & Development (NIPRD/The Institute) organised a two-day webinar on 10th – 11th September 2020 on ‘Post Covid-19 Challenges and Opportunities in the Pharma Industry: The Imperatives of Anti-Counterfeiting and Intellectual Property Rights’.
The webinar brought together law officers, judges, lawyers, regulatory agencies such as Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria Police Force, legal officers and directors, Prosecutors, Investigating officers, and prison officers, legislators, human rights activists, government officials and the public.
The webinar was opened by Markus Green, AGA-Africa Programme Board Member and Dr. (Sen) Adeleke Mamora, Hon. Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH). Speakers for the first day of the webinar were Florence Ojewunmi, Acting Head of the Firm’s Company Secretarial Practice Group, who spoke on ‘Imperatives of Anti-Counterfeiting Efforts through Intellectual Property Protection Measures’. Wairimu Karanja, Director, W&Co| Law+Policy and Dr. Danazumi Mohammed Ibrahim Director General, National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion delved into ‘Understanding the Nexus between Intellectual Property Rights, Technology Transfer & Entrepreneurship’ and Dr. Obi Peter Adigwe, Director General/Chief Executive Officer, National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research & Development (NIPRD) facilitated a session on ‘IPR, Commercialization of R&D Results and Development of Technology-Based Business for Global Competitiveness’. Day 2 speakers were Barr. S. Yauri, Registrar Trademarks, and Isioma Idigbe, Head Media, Entertainment and Intellectual Property Law, PUNUKA Attorneys & Solicitors; who discussed ‘Administration and Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights-Cross-Agency Collaboration Approach’ and Dr. Okey Akpa, PhD Managing Director, SKG Pharma Nigeria Ltd, who tackled ‘Contextual Strategies for Facilitating Research-Industry Linkage’ in Nigeria.
The webinar was concluded by AGA-Africa Programme’s Administrative Director Susan Lustig.