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Expert seeks special court for internet fraud, intellectual property cases

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Mr Rockson Igelige, Intellectual Property (IP) Rights Lawyer, has advocated the establishment of courts specialised to handle internet frauds related and intellectual property infringement cases.

Igelige, who is the co-founder of Friends of the Creator Artistic Foundation, disclosed at the Intellectual Property Law Symposium and Awards held at the Faculty of Law, University of Abuja in Gwagwalada.

The even was put together by the Prestige Anchor International in collaboration with the Law Students Association of Nigeria, University of Abuja chapter and Intellectual Property Law Club of the institution, News Agency of Nigeria reports.

While speaking with NAN correspondent, the awarded Entertainment Lawyer of the Year 2019 said that internet fraudsters are major violators of intellectual property laws.

Igelige stressed that speedy trial and punishment meted to violators would serve as deterrent and help in stemming the rising rate of internet fraud and intellectual property infringement cases, NAN reports.

His word: “Intellectual property is all about what you create from your mind and with your brain which should come to your benefit.

“The world is now knowledge-based where people with ideas rule the world.

“in our clime, however, such people are denied the opportunity to reap the fruits of their knowledge because of piracy and fraud.

“The government, therefore, needs to strengthen the enforcement procedure with modern equipment because we already have the laws on ground.

“We also need specialised IP courts just as we have election tribunals so that we can move forward and have enough judicial precedents on IP matters,” he said.

While advising youths, the lawyer charged them to be innovative, shun all forms of vices to become self reliant.

Condemning the practices, he pointed that the energy and time the youths are investing in internet frauds like “yahoo yahoo” should be channeled towards innovations that would contribute to national development.

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