The economic need for creativity has registered itself in the rise of a new class, which is known as the creative class, hence, the creative economy. Our definition of the creative class is people in science, engineering, architecture, education, arts, music and entertainment, whose economic function is to create new ideas, new technologies and new innovations through Research & Development. Around the core of this creative class is a broader group of creative professionals in business, finance, law, healthcare and related fields. This group engages in complex problem solving that involves a great deal of independent judgment and requires high levels of education and human capital. The difference between the creative class and the other classes, referred to as the working class or service class, is that the latter are paid to execute according to plan, while the creative class are primarily paid to create, to think for a living and have more flexibility than the other classes do, giving to their creative license. Nigeria has been affected by the decline of the Creative class for years now. This has affected our economy, our people, our schools, our children, and the way we choose to live. Although the creative class remains smaller than the working or service class, its economic role has become crucial in the past few decades. The norms of the creative class are setting new norms for everyone else. The new norm is more about individuality than conformity and openness to difference rather than homogenization as applied in the organizational age.
Nations came up with new technologies and ideas largely because they were able to energise and attract the best and the brightest, not just from within, but from everywhere they could around the world. As a result, these nations were positioned as leaders in science and technology, invention, innovation and creativity and economic super powers.
This is line with the importance of Intellectual Property in Nigeria’s economic development. It is indeed a veritable source of wealth creation and employment generation. And in a world where innovation and value creation is the order of the day, as new opportunities open, the need for greater awareness on the creation and protection of IP Rights in Nigeria becomes more apparent and important.
Our primary aim is to confront intellectual property theft and Rights infringements by preparing and presenting an enabling platform, viable enough to harness and foster invention, innovation or innovative processes under a legally secure environment (IP Law). A place where scientists, artists, designers, engineers, financiers, marketers, entrepreneurs will feed on each other’s knowledge, energy, creative instinct and capital to spawn new products, new services, and whole new industries.