The Legal Concept of Reverse Passing Off

"On the 3rd of December 2020, Nigerian social media ran agog with thestory of a young vendor (X) who sold small chops to a customer (Y) only tosubsequently find out that the said small chops was being paraded andsold by Y as her own product without X’s consent first having beenrequested and granted.

Many people were quick to offer their opinions - some believed nothingwrong was done as Y had paid for the goods while others were of theopinion that this was an illegal act that could render Y liable to legalaction.


To begin with, it is important to identify what Y’s act is in law. Considering the facts of the incident as presented, the tort of passing off comes to mind, more particularly, the form of passing off called reverse passing off.


Some Of Our

Trusted Clients