Protection of Traditional Knowledge in Nigeria: Breaking the Barriers



The aim of this paper is to discuss the manner by which Nigeria as a richly blessed and bio-diverse nation can adequately protect its traditional knowledge in order to harness the economic benefits of same and preserve its rich bio-divers resources from bio-piracy. The first section of the paper introduces us to the subject of Traditional Knowledge, while the second and third sections examine the need to protect traditional knowledge and place traditional knowledge alongside Intellectual property, its traits and benefits, especially to the economy. The fourth section examines existing protection, such as are currently in operation, nationally and internationally, while the fifth and subsequent sections conclude the work, by proposing/suggesting a framework for the protection of traditional knowledge, that may be sui generis or otherwise and making further recommendations in that regard. At such a time as this, when many countries are testifying of the benefits of the protection of their traditional knowledge, Nigeria cannot afford to be left out, hence the importance of this paper.

KEY WORDS: Protection; Traditional knowledge; Bio-diversity; Intellectual property; Sui generis

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