COUNTRY : FEDRAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
CAPITAL : ABUJA
LANGUAGE : ENGLISH
MEMBER : PARIS CONVENTION, WTO-TRIPS, BERNE CONVENTION, WIPO
The Intellectual Property Rights Office of Nigeria is known as the Registry of Patents, Trademarks & Designs.
It is highly advisable to conduct a search of the proposed mark to ensure that a similar mark has not been applied for by other contenders and is not pending registration or is already registered.
Filing is done with the Trademark office of Nigeria.
• Infringement & Opposition Actions
• License and Assignment procedures
• Trademark Watch Services
Once the application is filed, a Preliminary (formality) examination regarding compliance of all the requisites is carried out along with a search for prior existing trademarks followed by Substantive examination.
Once accepted, the mark is published in the official gazette.
Once the trademark is accepted for registration, the Registrar of trademarks will enter the details of the trademark onto the trademark register and the applicant will be issued with a Certificate of registration.
Post Filing: Failure to use the mark post registration for 5 yrs. continuously could lead to premature termination of the mark.
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