INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW RESEARCH GROUP.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW RESEARCH GROUP.
RESEARCH FOCUS
The Intellectual Property Law research group will focus on research in introductory and advanced intellectual property (IP) and technology law. It will scrutinise the policies affecting intellectual property and technology law in Nigeria. Research will border on a wide range of topics from the protection of copyright, inventions, products, trademarks, creative works and designs to the global policy surrounding the law. The research group will explore certain areas of the law which are fairly untouched in Nigeria. It will look into positioning Nigeria for the promotion of National development – Agriculture, Employment, Health care, pharmaceuticals, compulsory licence and how they affect the Nigerian society.
PROPOSED RESEARCH TOPICS
1. “Overcoming The Impasse on Intellectual Property and Climate Change in Nigeria.”
2. “Intellectual Property Protection for Plant Biotechnology.”
3. “Intellectual Property Rights in the National Agricultural Research System in Nigeria.”
4. “Analysing the Legal and Policy Framework for Research and Development for Pharmaceutical Products to Address the Health Challenges of Developing Countries.”
5. “Revisiting the Bureaucratic Administrative Structure for Intellectual Property Law Administration and Management in Nigeria.”
6. “Can the Principles of cloning and Nano Technology Advance or Improve Medical Research in Nigeria?”
COMPOSITION OF THE GROUP
1. Mrs. Nkemdilim Iwebunor Itanyi.
2. Dr. Okechukwu Timothy Umahi.
3. Barr. Slyvester Anya.
4. Ms. Millicient Ele.
THE GROUP BRIEF PROFILE
Mrs. Nkemdilim Iwebunor Itanyi, LL.B (Ife), BL, LL.M (Corporate and Commercial Law) (Lond.).
Email: nkem.itanyi@unn.edu.ng Phone Number: 0806387273
Research Interests: Intellectual Property Law addressing the global response to climate change, researching on economic growth that works with, rather than against the environment. Also has an interest in Intellectual Property and Agriculture especially as it regards plant biotechnology.
Dr. Okechukwu Timothy Umahi, LL.B. (Hons) (ESUT), BL, LL.M. Maritime Law (LASU), LL.M Intellectual Property Law (Manchester), PhD Intellectual Property Law (Manchester), B.Sc./Edu. Geography/Education (Nig.), PGD. Marketing (Nig.), M.Sc. Public Relations (Nig.).
Email: timothy.umahi@unn.edu.ng; Phone Number 07030648141
Research Interest: Health law and policy, the impact of intellectual property law on access to drugs, healthcare, innovation and developing countries and financial regulation for developing economies.
Mr. Sylvester Ndubuisi Anya, LL.B. (Hons.) (Nig.), BL (1st Class), LL.M., Ph.D. (in view)
E-mail: sylvester.anya@unn.edu.ng; Phone Number: 07064561418.
Research Interests: (i) Intellectual Property Law and Policy at its crossroads with Access to Knowledge; and (ii) Criminal Law and Justice with particular reference to its interface with Human Rights.
Ms. Millicent Ele, LL.B. (Hons) (Nig.), BL, LL.M. Environmental Law and Intellectual Property (Columbia Law School, New York, USA), B.Ed. (Hons) Zoology/Botany, (UI), M.Ed. Admin (Nig.).
Email: millicent.ele@unn.edu.ng; Phone Number: 07011961603
Research Interest: Interdisciplinary legal research at the cross roads of environmental law and energy, public/global health law, international law and medical jurisprudence, as well as intellectual property law with focus on pharmaceutical patent and access to medicine.