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Feb 28, 2018

Video: Paul Usoro SAN's Goodwill message to NBA NEC

Feb 25, 2018

Aviation Laws on right of Airlines to refuse carriage

International Air Transport Association conditions provide that an Airline may refuse to carry a passenger in the interest of public safety or if it will violate the laws of any country flown into, from or over. 

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Essence of NDAs

An NDA is an agreement that creates a confidential relationship between the parties whereby they agree to protect confidential and proprietary information or a trade secret.

Feb 23, 2018

What You Need To Know About Filing A Compliant In The National Industrial Court Of Nigeria

In recent years, the National Industrial Court has become the one-stop-shop for many labour disputes, although established in the year 1976 under Section 19(1) Trade Dispute Decree No. 7 of 1976, its status has become ever clearer since its further codification to the Constitution as a superior court of record by virtue of the provision of section 254A through the third alteration act 2010 No. 3, an amendment in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999. For many new wigs and old ones alike, commencing an action in the National Industrial Court is not a herculean task. Flowing from the laid down procedure contained in the “National Industrial Court of Nigeria (Civil Procedure) Rules 2017”, fillings at the Industrial Court should be as easy as eating cake. The following paragraphs will highlight the steps needed.

Feb 22, 2018

The Increasing Need For Utility Of Class Actions In Seeking Redress For Consumer Rights Violations In Nigeria


I have brooded over the idea of penning a piece on 'Class Actions in Nigeria' but always heckled by the choice of title that would captivate my target audience: consumers (individuals and groups alike) and their lawyers – the main players.

Fortuitously, the wave-making judgement of the Lagos High Court in Fijabi Adebo Holdings Liited & Anor. v Nigerian bottling Company & Anor.Suit No. LD/13/2008 re-invigorated me into rethinking and re-aligning the idea to stimulate the prevalent mood of Nigerians towards the returns embedded in class actions especially towards seeking recompense over widespread consumer rights infringements.

IP 103 - Trademarks v Trade Secrets v Patents– What’s the difference? (Trade Secrets)


This is the final part of the article where we will examine trade secrets. We will also distinguish trademarks, patents and trade secrets.

Definition of trade secrets

The Black’s Law Dictionary defines trade secrets as “A formula, process, device, or other business information that is kept confidential to maintain an advantage over competitors; information — including a formula, pattern, compilation, program, device, method, technique, or process”. Thus, any confidential business information which provides an enterprise a competitive edge may be considered a trade secret.

New Horizons: Utilising Ip As Security For Financing Transactions In Nigeria


This article aims to examine an uncommon form of security in these climes, an intangible but yet inestimable source of security – intellectual property (IP). According to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO): “IP refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce … IP is protected in law by, for example, patents, copyright and trademarks, which enable people to earn recognition or financial benefit from what they invent or create.”

Senator Ashafa Pledges full support for Governor Ambode

The attention of the office of the Senator Representing the good and hardworking people of Lagos East Senatorial District has this morning 22ND February, 2018 been drawn to a news item published on an online news blog known as “Society Now” and captioned “AGAIN TALKS GBENGA ASHAFA INTERESTED IN BECOMING NEXT LAGOS GOV FLOAT ABOUT TOWN”.

Kind Hearted Paul Usoro SAN makes contributions to IDPs in Maiduguri

Legal Expert, Paul Usoro who was in Maiduguri yesterday, charged Stakeholders and the general public to show their support for the Internally Displaced Persons.  

Feb 21, 2018

Leading Lawyer, Paul Usoro shows support to IDP in Maiduguri

Paul Usoro SAN, who is currently in Maiduguri for the Law week event hosted by the NBA Maiduguri Branch paid a courtesy visit to the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of Borno State.

Opinion: Unemployable Graduates - The Case for an ‘Anti-discrimination Recruitment Directive’


Company X is a leading Engineering, Procurement and Construction Company, headquartered in Ikoyi, Lagos. The firm is recruiting for Graduate Trainees – with preference for

Feb 17, 2018

Want Your Money Back? Try Any of These Ways | Emmanuel Ohiri

A debt may simply be recovered by the borrower paying back the loan. In most cases however, this is hardly the case as the debtor may dispute a portion/entire debt or may be tardy in liquidating his indebtedness. In such situations, an average Nigerian creditor (justifiably frustrated) will likely procure the services of the Nigerian Police Force. In some trivial cases, they might deploy the Nigerian troops to the recover the sum.

Feb 16, 2018

Photo News: Paul Usoro SAN Holds Consultation Meeting With Stakeholders In Calabar

The versatile litigator, Paul Usoro SAN, is currently at the Gomays Galaxy Hall in Calabar advancing the cause of the legal profession as he consults with NBA members which includes exco of FIDA, the young lawyers’ forum, Law officers and CLASFON.

Yesterday, the learned silk was at his alma mater, Obafemi Awolowo University for the annual law week of the Ife NBA chapter. As a guest speaker at the event, he delivered a lecture on the theme Integrity of the Bar and Bench as a Panacea of Socio-economic Development in Nigeria.

Feb 15, 2018

Obafemi Awolowo University welcomes Paul Usoro back home

Nearly 37 years after, Paul Usoro SAN is back in Ile-Ife again, as a guest speaker at the Law Week of the NBA, Ile-Ife Branch.
The event which is holding today, Thursday, 15th of February 2018 will be held at the OAU Conference Centre, Ile-Ife.

Feb 13, 2018

Protect your trade secrets

Dear LNB Reader, 

A trade secret is information, including a formula, pattern, compilation, program, device, method, technique or process, that derives its economic value from not being generally known to the public and is protected by reasonable efforts  to maintain its secrecy. 

Right Choice Between Voluntary Resignation and Termination of Employment | Kayode Omosehin

Between Voluntary Resignation and Termination of Employment
One of the easiest ways out of any confusion created by an irreconcilable difference in the course of an employment relationship is a voluntary resignation by the affected worker. Unfortunately, lack of knowledge of employee’s rights and employer’s powers has resulted in several litigious employment disputes that could have been avoided with minimal costs to both parties. It all depends on making the right decision with less stress or none at all.

IP 101 - Trademarks v Trade secrets v Patents– What’s the difference? | Davidson Oturu

Trademarks, trade secrets and patents are different forms of intellectual property that are capable of being protected in Nigeria. However, non-professionals tend to find a few of these terms a bit confusing. A client may walk up to his attorney with an invention in his hand and say “I want to trademark this product”. Well, it is important to note that inventions are not capable of being protected as trademarks. This leads to several questions such as “what then can you trademark”? “What is a patent”? “Can trade secrets be protected and are they registrable”?

Civic Engagement Series - Petitions

A petition is a request to do something, most commonly addressed to a government official or public entity. 

Vat On Imported Services - Vodacom v. FIRS: Federal High Court Decides | Adefolake Adewusi

On 19th December 2017, the Federal High Court (“FHC”) in Lagos per Kuewumi J., upheld the decision of the Tax Appeal Tribunal (“TAT”) in Vodacom Business Nigeria Limited v. Federal Inland Revenue Service which set out the statutory provisions and guiding principles in Nigeria for the imposition of Value Added Tax (“VAT”) on imported services.Briefly, the facts of the case are that, a foreign satellite owner, NSS had supplied Vodacom, a Nigerian company, with satellite-network bandwidth capacities which were received in Nigeria through earth-based stations set up by Vodacom. Also contractually, the VAT burden had been transferred from NSS to Vodacom. 

Feb 12, 2018

Civic Engagement Series: Obtain your PVC & Vote

According to INEC, during the 2015 Nigerian Presidential Election, only 29,432,083 people voted out of the 67,422,005 registered voters. Just about 43%. In a nation where only the youth amount to about 80,000,000 in number with a general population of almost 200,000,000 people. It is common to find youths who do not want to be involved in the voting. Usually, they are either financially sufficient who have lost faith in the system.

Civic Engagement Series: Civil Disobedience Vs. Civic Engagement

It shall be the duty of every citizen to make positive and useful contributions to the advancement, progress and well-being of the community where he resides.
 - Section 24(d) Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999

Emancipation of the Nigerian Youth from Mental and Political Slavery | Adedunmade Onibokun

This piece is inspired by leading actress, activist and philanthropists, Omotola Jalade - Ekeinde, who via her works and passion as always promoted the illumination of the African Spirit; the Emancipation of the African mind and the strengthening of the African Character. Most recently, on the 10th of February, 2018 and in celebration of her 40th birthday, Omotola hosted the symposium centered on the “Emancipation of the Black Race from Mental Slavery”.

Feb 10, 2018

Renaissance Trip To Trace The History of Slavery

On 9th February, 2018, I had the opportunity of joining screen icon, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Captain Ekeinde, members of the Omotola4point0 team, members of the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism and a number of amazing guests on a tour of the Badagry Slave Route. The aim of the trip was to have a clearer understanding of the events that occurred around the Slave Trade Era and discern how they have shaped the mental state of the Nigerian and also the African. As expected, the trip turned out to be both insightful and enlightening.

Feb 9, 2018

Great News For Pro Bono Lawyers

Paul Usoro & Co (PUC) is delighted to announce the second edition of the Pro-Bono challenge commencing today the 09 February, 2018.  The first edition was an eye opener with a range of video entries that inspired so many in the Legal space. 

Feb 6, 2018

Legal Consequences of Not having a National Identity Number | Prince Ikechukwu Nwafuru

The National Identity Management Commission (“NIMC”) recently published five Regulations relating to the national identity management, The already gazetted Regulations which were made pursuant to the National Identity Management Commission Act, 2007 (“NIMC Act”) are as follows: (1) the Mandatory Use of the National Identification Number Regulations, 2017; (2) Nigeria Biometrics Standard Regulations, 2017, (3) Licensing of the Frontend Services of the National Identity Management Commission Regulations, 2017, (4) Access to Register Information in the National Identity Database Regulations, 2017 and (5) Registration of Persons and Contents of National Identity Database Regulations, 2017. The focus of this article however, is on one of these Regulations, that is, the Mandatory Use of the National Identification Number Regulations, 2017 (“the Regulations”) as well as the far-reaching implications and consequences of not having a National Identification Number (“NIN” or “National Identification Number”), on business, professional services, contracts, access to public service and commercial transactions in Nigeria. The transactions that require NIN for their validation and completion will equally be highlighted. 

Feb 3, 2018

NBA Uyo Branch Condemns EBF Move on Adoption

 The on-going saga of the Eastern Bar Forum took yet another ugly twist.
Despite key members of the Eastern Bar Forum from the Uyo and Port Harcourt bars categorically issuing statements dissociating themselves from the EBF’s adoption plot, Arthur Obi Okafor SAN was named by the divided forum as the sole Presidential candidate for the Nigerian Bar Association.

10 Facts about Paul Usoro SAN

1. His firm Paul Usoro & Co., is one of the best paying firms with lawyers fresh out of law school earning 150,000 Naira Monthly. 

Lawyers reject EBF adoption of Obi Okafor


The Eastern Bar  forum has adopted Aurthur Obi Okafor as their Presidential candidate in the forthcoming election of the Nigerian Bar Association contrary to the public opinion of a large number of members of the EBF. 

Feb 2, 2018

How Creatives Can Protect their Intellectual Property Rights | Adedunmade Onibokun

 As an Artist, Inventor, Photographer or a member of the creative industry, it takes a lot of effort, skill and hard work to do what you do and it is a reasonable expectation to be paid for your work. However, once work is made available to the public, the chances of someone claiming the work as their own or reproducing it without giving proper credit is extremely high in today’s technologically advanced and share-friendly culture. Nothing is more infuriating than discovering that your creative ability is being exploited by someone who has neither the permission nor the right to do so.