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Nigeria Trademark Registration 

 
Attorneys - Nigeria
 
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My name is Paul Adekunle Adedeji and I'm the representative Attorney in Nigeria.

I'll be personally in charge of your trademark registration process.
 
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A trademark attorney will process your trademark registration in Nigeria through the following steps:

 
Trademark Comprehensive Study   Step 1. Trademark Comprehensive Study:
A trademark search report with attorney's analysis and opinion about registration probabilities.
Step 1 Prices
 

 
Trademark Registration Request   Step 2. Trademark Registration Request:
A trademark attorney will file and process your trademark application before the Trademark Office.
Step 2 Prices
 

 
Trademark Registration Certificate   Step 3. Trademark Registration Certificate:
Once your trademark application is approved, we will obtain your registration certificate.
Step 3 Prices
 

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Is there a time frame for the trademark registration approval?

    The average time frame for the registration approval is 18 months, if no objections or oppositions arise.

     

  • If I register my trademark in Nigeria, do I have protection in other territories?

    The territorial limit of registration is Nigeria.

  • Do I need to sign a Power of Attorney?

    Yes, all applicants are required to present a power of attorney.

  • Are there any benefits from a pre-filing use of the trademark?
    • Pre-filing use may demonstrate acquired distinctiveness of the mark
    • Pre-filing use may help overcome an opposition to a trademark application on the grounds of non-distinctiveness
    • Pre-filing use may help prove the real proprietorship of the mark in cases where there are oppositions
  • Will there be problems in case I don’t use my trademark after registration?

    Attack on the ground of non-use is available.

  • What are the types of trademark that can be registered in Nigeria?
    • names
    • words
    • devices
    • slogans
    • holograms
    • trade dress/get-up
    • certain three-dimensional shapes
    • brands, labels, headings, tickets, letters, signatures, numerals or any combination thereof
    • well-known marks
    • certification marks
    • service marks
  • What are the phases of application after a trademark has been filed in Nigeria?

    The order of the application process is as follows:

    1. Examination of the application based on:
      • classification
      • formalities
      • distinctiveness
      • descriptiveness
      • conflict with prior registration
      • deceptiveness
    2. Publication of the following information about the application:
      • application number
      • application date
      • mark
      • goods/services
      • state or country of incorporation of applicant (optional)
      • name of applicant
      • citizenship of applicant (optional)
      • address of applicant
      • priority claim information
      • representation of trademark
    3. Registration
  • What type of trademark is not registrable?
    • generic terms
    • marks that contradict public order or moral standards
    • non-distinctive trademarks
    • names, symbols or flags of states, regions, or nations of international organizations
    • marks that function principally as geographic location names
    • marks that function primarily as surnames
    • no names or words of the following shall be accepted:
      • single chemical element
      • single chemical compound
      • chemical substance
      • chemical preparation
    • any scandalous design
    • anything that is likely to deceive or cause confusion
  • Does Nigeria use the "Nice Classification" system?

    The Nice Classification System is effective in Nigeria.

  • Does the Community Trademark apply for Nigeria?

    The European Union Trade Mark, previously known as the Community Trade Mark, is not recognized in Nigeria.

  • Is there any possibility to claim priority in Nigeria?

    Priority application can be claimed if:

    • the applicant's home country is a member of the Paris Convention
    • the home application was filed within six months before the application in Nigeria

     

    Note: All international applications are taken as “non-Convention” at the trademark office. Contact Marcaria.com for more information or talk to a trademark attorney.

  • What do I need to do to satisfy the use requirement?

    A trademark must be used within five consecutive years or longer. The amount of use can be minimal provided it is bona fide or genuine use by the proprietor of the mark. It must occur in Nigeria.

  • Once my trademark has been registered, for how many years will be valid?

    The initial term of a registration is seven years calculated from the application date.

  • What will be the renewal date of my trademark?

    The first renewal date of a registration is seven years from the application date.

  • Is it legal to use my trademark even if it is not yet registered?

    It is legal to use a mark for any goods or services even if it’s not yet registered.


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