FILING OF TRADEMARKS IN NIGERIA
Nigeria follows the International Classification of Goods and Services
Summary of the Procedure
The application is filed for examination at the trademark office. If the application is accepted, it will be published in the Official Journal. The opposition period will be 3 months from the date of publication in Official Journal. If no opposition(s) arises, the application will mature to registration and the registration certificate is issued.
Filing Requirements in Nigeria
- Name, address and nationality of applicant.
- Meaning/translation of mark (for word marks and design marks incorporating words)
- Description of goods/services.
- Specimen prints.
Power of Attorney simply signed & sealed.
(Special form required)
:: It usually takes from 12-24 months to complete the registration.
:: Each class should be filed separately.
:: Trademark protection is valid for Seven (7) years.
:: Registration can be renewed indefinitely for further periods of Fourteen (14) years each at the end of each term of protection.