THE ROLE OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (IP) LAW IN THE GROWTH OF SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES (SMES) IN NIGERIA


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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Title page
Table of Cases
Table of Abbreviation
Abstract
Table of Contents

CHAPTER ONE
INTRODUCTION
1.1       Background of the study
1.2       Statement of the study
1.3       Aims of the research
1.4       Scope of the research
1.5       Justification of the research
1.6       Research methodology
1.7       Literature review
1.8       Organizational layout

CHAPTER TWO
CONCEPTUAL CLARIFICATION OF KEY TERMS
2.1       Introduction
2.2       Meaning and Nature of Intellectual Property (IP)
2.2.1    Copyright
2.2.2    Patent
2.2.3    Trademarks
2.2.4    Industrial Design
2.3       Meaning and Nature of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
2.4       Relevant Legislation and Legal Requirements in Using Intellectual Property Assets in Nigeria
2.5       Summary

CHAPTER THREE
THE ROLE OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (IP) LAW IN THE GROWTH OF SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES (SMEs)
3.1       Introduction
3.2       Importance of Intellectual Property (IP) to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
3.3       Intellectual Property (IP) and Branding
3.4       Raising Capital through Intellectual Property (IP)
3.5       Enhancing Competitiveness through Intellectual Property (IP)
3.6       Effective Intellectual Property (IP) Management
3.7       Intellectual Property (IP) in Action: Towards National Development, Economic Growth and Transformation in Nigeria
3.8       Summary

CHAPTER FOUR
EVALUATION OF SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES (SMEs) AS IT AFFECTS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (IP) IN NIGERIA
4.1       Introduction
4.2       Characteristics of Small and Medium Enterprises in Nigeria
4.3       Role of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) vis-à-vis Intellectual Property (IP) in Nigeria
4.4       Government Policies on Development of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria
4.4.1    The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN)
4.4.2    Small and Medium Enterprises Credit Guarantee Scheme (SMECGS)
4.4.3    The Bank of Industry
4.4.4    Microfinance Banks
4.5       Challenges of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Intellectual Property (IP) in Nigeria

CHAPTER FIVE
SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION
5.1       Summary
5.2       Findings
5.3       Recommendation
5.4       Conclusion
References



ABSTRACT

This research entitled: “The Role of Intellectual Property (IP) Law in the Growth of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria” was untaken to find out how IP laws can help SMEs thrive in the market place in the growth and development of Nigerian as it has done in other developed and developing countries; and if not, why and also to identify possible solutions. In pursuit of the above, the research examined the role of IP plays in the growth of SMEs. In the Nigerian economy, the characteristics of a typical Nigerian SMEs, investigated the performance of SMEs in the Nigeria economy, problems and prospects. It also recommended remedial measures to be taken to ensure a vibrant SME in Nigeria. The study of investigated the challenges of IP laws as it affects SMEs in Nigeria. The major findings of this research include; SMEs have played and continue to play significant role in the growth and development of many economies. In the case of Nigeria, SMEs have performed below expectation due to certain constraints ranging from our environment to our attitude and instability of government and change in government policies. SMEs, armed with IP rights such as trademark, patent, industrial design protection would play the crucial role of engine of growth, development and industrialization, wealth creation, poverty eradication, and employment creation.




CHAPTER ONE


INTRODUCTION


1.1              BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY.


The world over, entrepreneurship and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have provided effective means of greater employment and improving the standard of living for people. SMEs are regarded as the engine of economic growth and development in most developing countries. The contributions of the SMEs in industrial sector to the Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) are valued at about 46% thereby making it the second largest contributor to the nations GDP after the oil sector.1 SMEs are also perceived as the key to Nigeria’s economic growth, poverty alleviation and employment generation but their unimpressive performance in employment generation in recent year has generated a lot of research interests on their challenges and prospects.2

It is in recognition of the immense contribution of the SMEs to national development that Intellectual Property (IP) has stepped up to provide for protection, promotion and support for the SMEs.

IP is the product of one’s intellectual activity and consist of different areas of creativity. These areas include industrial property and copyright and related rights. Intellectual Property......


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