NIGERIA: Trademark Applications

✓  Paris Convention
✘  Madrid System
✘  ARIPO
✘  OAPI

Nigeria
Filing Requirements

Power of Attorney
scanned copy of simply signed Power of Attorney
(no notarization or legalization required)

Priority Documents
(if priority is claimed) Copy of priority application, certified by the relevant Trademarks Office as a true copy thereof; and
an English translation, if necessary

Details of the Applicant
Full names
Physical address
Nationality / country of incorporation

Details of the Trade Mark(s)
Word mark or logo
If the trade mark is a logo, please send electronically
Details of colours claimed, if applicable

List of goods and/or services

Details of priority Application, if applicable:
Number
Filing date
Country

Further Information

Classification
The International Classification of Goods and Services is followed.
Multi-class applications are not possible: 1 application covers 1 trademark in 1 class

Time Frames
Informal Search: 4 – 5 business days
Formal Search: 1 – 2 weeks
From filing up to Registration: 12 – 36 months
Opposition Period: 60 days from publication
Duration: 7 years from filing date and renewable for further periods of 14 years

Procedure
The informal search is done in an internal database of published trademarks
The official search is conducted directly in the official trademarks register
Applications are examined for formal and substantial requirements and conflict with prior registrations or pending applications.
Accepted applications will be published for opposition purposes
If no opposition is filed, we will pay the registration fees and the registration certificate will be issued

Nigeria Trademark Agents

Smit & van Wyk, Inc. trademark agents in Africa: Our services include trademark applications, maintenance and protection in Nigeria. The patent and trademark attorneys at our firm are dedicated individuals, skilled in their fields of practice, and can provide clear advice on complex legal matters to clients from all over the world.

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