General Information

  • Nice Classification - Yes

  • Multiple Class Filings - No

  • ARIPO - No

  • OAPI - No

  • Paris Convention - Yes

  • Madrid Agreement - No

Filing Requirements

  • Simply signed Power of Attorney

  • Representation of the trademark

  • Name, address and nationality of the applicant

  • List of goods and/or services

  • Certified True Copy of priority claim (if applicable)

Procedure

Once the trademark is filed in the desired class(es), an acknowledgment of filing is issued immediately. The Registrar thereafter examines the trademark as to its distinctiveness and if it is found registrable an Acceptance Letter issued. The trademark is then scheduled to the published in the trademark journal. 60 days after the publication, if there is no opposition, the trademark certificate will be applied for and issued.

Time Frame

It takes between 12-36 months from filing to the issuance of the trademark certificate.

Validity

7 years from filing date and renewable every 14 years thereafter.

Frequently asked questions

Is Nigeria a member of the African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI)?


No




Is Nigeria a member of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO)?


No




How much does it cost to file a trademark application in Nigeria?


Kindly get in touch with us for a quote.




Is Nigeria a party to the Madrid Protocol?


No




Can I alter a trademark once it is registered?


Alteration is permitted as long as it does not substantially affect the identity of the trademark?




Should I file my trademark application in colour or black & white?


Filing a trademark application in colour limits protection offered to the trademark in the colour or colours it was filed in. However, filing a trademark application in black & white offers wider protrection. A trademark filed in black & white is protected in all other colours.




Do you need an original copy of the Power of Attorney?


In Nigeria, we do not require the original copy of the Power of Attorney. A scanned copy is sufficient.




What is a trademark?


A trademark is a word, letter, phrase, logo, label, numeral, colour, sign, signature or any combination of words, letters, labels, signatures that identify and distinguish the sources of goods of one party from those of others in the course of trade.




What are the requirements for trademark registration in Nigeria?


  • Respresentation of the trademark;
  • Applicant's name, address and nationality;
  • A simply signed Power of Attorney (No notarisation or Legalisation required);
  • List of goods and/or services;
  • Details of prority claim (if applicable).




How long does it take to register a trademark application in Nigeria?


If there is no opposition to the registration of a trademark, it usually takes between 24 to 36 months to get the trademark certificate. However, once the Notice of Acceptance is issued 10 to 30 days after filing, this provides some measure of protection vis a vis similar applications filed thereafter.





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