Job Category: Law Practice
Associate – Intellectual Property & Data Protection
Full Time

JOB OVERVIEW

 Responsibilities:    INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY Execute instructions with respect to:Advice on non-contentious matters pertaining to intellectual property laws (copyright, trademarks, patents and designs), ownership, protection and exploitation of intellectual property rights and assets, consumer protection, advertising, sponsorships and regulatory matters.Advice on contentious matters pertaining to infringement of intellectual property, crisis management procedures, anti-piracy and anti-counterfeit measures. The prosecution of applications for registration, renewal, licensing and assignment of patents and designs in Nigeria, the prosecution and defense of oppositions, intervention of regulatory agencies, etc.  Drafting and reviewing a range of intellectual property related documents including patent and designs application documents, non-disclosure, licensing, assignment and co-existence agreements, sponsorship, branding, product placements, and merchandizing agreements.   Legal advice and representation during proceedings at the opposition department of the Trademark Registry, the High Court and Federal High Courts and any other dispute resolution forum. Any other duties as may be assigned from time to time.Developing a working knowledge of the legal principles, statutory and case law that govern intellectual property in Nigeria, the practices and processes at the Trademarks, Patents and Designs Registries is required.   DATA PRIVACY AND DATA PROTECTION Identifying the applicable laws within Nigeria;Having and or developing a good understanding of the applicable laws and their provisions;Having and or developing a working knowledge of the applicable laws outside Nigeria;Being able to identify suitable resources and materials precedent for handling instructions;Drafting contracts, policies, procedures and strategies on behalf of clients;Reviewing client policies, procedures and strategies and identifying deficiencies and areas of non-compliance therein, and advising on remedies;Filing of periodic reports with NITDA and or any other applicable agencies.Reviewing contracts, and agreements in respect of data privacy and data protection related transactions.Ability to understand and interpret legal enquiries, questionnaires, scenarios, request for advice etc., applying the provisions of the law to those enquiries, questionnaires, scenarios, etc.; Preparing legal opinions and advice on legal and commercial issues affecting the client’s business;Advising clients on queries and enquiries from regulatory authorities and on potential disputes with 3rd parties;Advising clients on steps to be taken in the event of data breaches.   INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (INCLUDING FINTECH) Identifying the applicable laws/guidelines etc. as well as the relevant regulatory agencies within Nigeria;Having and or developing a good understanding of the applicable laws and their provisions;Being able to identify suitable resources and materials precedent for handling instructions;Drafting contracts, policies, procedures and strategies on behalf of clients;Preparing legal opinions and advice on legal and commercial issues affecting the client’s business;Reviewing client policies, procedures and strategies and identifying deficiencies and areas of non-compliance therein, and advising on remedies;Reviewing contracts and agreements in respect of IT related transactions.Being able to understand and interpret legal enquiries, questionnaires, scenarios, request for advice etc., applying the provisions of the law to those enquiries, questionnaires, scenarios, etc.; Understanding the procedure for obtaining the applicable licenses, approvals from the relevant agencies.Advising clients on queries and enquiries from regulatory authorities and on potential disputes with 3rd parties;   MEDIA, SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT Identifying the applicable laws within Nigeria;Having and or developing an understanding of the applicable laws and their provisions;Preparing legal opinions and advice on legal and commercial issues affecting the client’s business;Being able to identify suitable resources and materials precedent for handling instructions;Drafting contracts on behalf of clients;Reviewing contracts, and agreements in respect of MSE transactions.Drafting of notices, letters, reports, applications etc.Ability to understand legal enquiries, questionnaires, scenarios, request for advice etc., applying the provisions of the law to those enquiries, questionnaires, scenarios, etc.; Advising clients on queries and enquiries from regulatory authorities and on potential disputes with 3rd parties;   GENERAL Conducting detailed research Developing presentation skills using available resources, and delivery such presentations to clients and at other public/private fora;Identifying business development opportunities, pursuing and or participating in efforts in this regard;Keeping up to date with development, policies etc. in the relevant areas;Preparing concise but accurate reports of meetings, events etc. attended; Facilitate payment and collection of fees; andMaking and maintaining industry contacts with relevant stakeholders i.e. regulatory authorities, professional colleagues, etc.  
   

Personnel Specification:

 Qualifications:  Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Call to the Nigerian Bar (BL) minimum; andMaster of Laws (LLM) Optional  
 Required Experience  Minimum of three (3) to five (5) years’ experience
 Required Personality:Confident, energetic, articulate and hardworking team player with a desire to excel and a passion for the work.

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