That’s a US patent. How are they exploiting you?
I think they are doing something similar in Kenya for SACCOS: https://www.homepesasacco.com/index.php and http://www.kachwanya.com/2016/06/20/homepesa-sacco-limited/?utm_content=buffer0e316
And, Airtel Weza in Uganda: http://www.grameenfoundation.org/introducing-airtel-weza-uganda
I may be totally off the wall thinking this way but given how popular savings groups are in certain African countries and their growing traction in various diasporas, this could be an interesting opportunity for another Africa-based startup to develop such products with international appeal - assuming it could get some financing. Or, this thought is just the uniformed ramblings of your resident Oyibo.
I know its a US patent… and its done by a British startup … but an African concept… maybe done elsewhere but not the concept of an individual.
and the “inventor” as said by the US patent I personally cant confirm if African.
I m not a legal expert… but most patent battles I have seen, there is always a battle of where the concept evolved from.
and the reason for my questions is…You can imagine someone watching you do something.but because you are slow at acting, they patented it .
another thing I had a thought about was … if the concept/process was patented or just the application.
so its not a blame game… its just a set of thought … to which I m sure there can be people here who can clarify.
@xolubi maybe u can.
It is a US patent meaning this particular document is valid only in the US. I don’t see how anyone is going to exploit you if you want to do something in that line in Nigeria. That is the point.
Also, please confirm how you came out the fact that it is an African concept? I’m not disputing this. I just need evidence.
I know its only valid in the US and I m only seeing it as a limitation to what a "out of Niaja " product could reach…
Afrocentric…prooof… though many pple disagrees with wikipedia.
Concept-wise I see it as a practice of a group of people being patented to be the invention of one person.
The problem is you’ve not even started and you’re making excuses. At least be strong in your country, then your continent. That problem will solve itself when it becomes one. “Prior art” can be used to invalidate the patent if it ever gets to that.
I was not making excuses… its only a thought …
I totally agree with your perspective … makes sense.!
@jayvicson: I found it very difficult reading your comment and following your flow. A bit of friendly advice - lose the ellipsis and use standard punctuation instead.
Regarding the thrust of your point, all I can add is that I once filed a US patent. I spent thousands of dollars doing so and wasted a lot of time. Frankly, I wish I had never bothered with the process. Building on @xolubi’s point, for a Nigerian or Africa-focused startup that are not planning to export to or sell into the US, their patents pose little or no risk to you
I can testify to this. I’m part of one and just received a whatapp message from the group leader, to remind everyone contribution is due on the 1st.
I’m personally not convinced this is such a great tech problem to be honest. It’s more of social in nature (admin happens on whatsapp). In anycase, if anyone is solving this and needs some research, I’m happy to answer any questions.
Ehh, does anyone know the best time to leave an Esusu group? I mean is it right after you collect ‘your turn’ or before?
Is there any provision under Nigerian law for patents, I was told that only copyrights would apply in this type of scenario as Nigerian law as of yet does not recognize the patentablity of software?
Yes, there is a provision for patents but not for software. Only hardware and industrial designs can be patented in Nigeria. As you rightly surmised, the only protection for software in Nigeria currently is copyright protection.
@jayvicson, it is the web application through which the concept is executed that is being patented. The concept (which really is similar to an “idea”) itself has not been patented as it is not possible to patent a “concept” or an “idea”. IP protection only exists for executed or executable formats. So the inventor, in this case, is not the inventor of the concept but the inventor of the application.
IP protection is also jurisdictional so if someone decides to do same in Nigeria and the US Esusu App founders have not registered any protection in Nigeria, the Nigerian application can be granted, however, the protection will be within Nigeria alone.
I registered this domain: susu-money.com in 2013 with the sole intent of building a Community Loan platform. Wrote a business plan, researched its viability but then parked it - don’t ask me why but I feel like a “dunskey” right now.
For anyone interested, I wrote below which ‘summarises’ my thoughts on how to approach Esusu and solve it properly.
Yeah, Asusu, I did some incubation programme with them. Good to hear about them.
I came across this post today. I’m the cofounder of eMoneyPool.com and although I’m not Nigerian I thought it was relevant information to this topic. We’re currently the largest susu marketplace in the United States and received venture funding from well-known non-profits interested in developing this technology. Feel free to ask me questions. Thanks
We’re currently only available in the United States but will eventually be expanding internationally.
Awesome! we are waiting.