The Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON) and Microsoft Nigeria have teamed up with a strong message that they are poised to protect intellectual property seen as central to the growth of the software industry in Nigeria.
Mr Pius Okigbo Jr., President of ISPON, the apex software pressure group in the country made this call at an event in Lagos to formally mark the strategic partnership with Microsoft.
According to Okigbo, there was need to forge alliances in the fight against software piracy while adding that ISPON will continue to promote and encourage protection of intellectual property in the Nigerian software ecosystem.
Intellectual property covers an expanse of legal territory that includes copyrights, trademarks and patent law, according to ISPON.
Kabelo Makwane, Country Manager, Microsoft Nigeria expressed the readiness of the technology company in ensuring the menace is curbed to the barest minimum.
He however tasked ISPON to facilitate a unified and strong software industry which will speak with one voice and thereby lend credence in the advocacy of its cause
The event brought together stakeholders in the industry to witness the official presentation of the certificate of membership for Microsoft Nigeria along with a handover of a white paper on the sustenance of a strategic partnership between the two industry heavyweights.
Also at the ceremony Microsoft confirmed its acceptance of the strategic partnership with ISPON and pledged its support to take part at the forthcoming ISPON National Software Conference & Competition holding in Tinapa, Calabar, Cross River State in October.