NIGERIA: Patent Applications

✓  Paris Convention
  PCT
✘  ARIPO
✘  OAPI

Nigeria
Filing Requirements

Power of Attorney
Must be filed within 3 months of the date of filing.

Specification, claims, drawings and abstract
Required upon filing, in English.

Deed of Assignment
Must be filed within 3 months of the date of filing.

Priority Document
(if applicable, no set deadline).

Further Information

Deadlines
30 months from earliest priority date for entering national phase under PCT.

Examination
Formal examination.

Duration
The patent has a duration of 20 years from date of filing or the PCT International filing date, with no possible extensions.

Maintenance fees/Renewal fees
Annual maintenance fees, calculated from the date of filing or PCT International filing date, may be paid while the application is pending or upon grant.  There is a 6-month grace period to pay the maintenance fees.

Nigeria Patent Agents

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