Our Trademarks Practitioners have amassed vast experience over the years in a wide range of trademark issues and have built a strong team to deal solely with the prosecution of trademarks and other issues arising there from. Our aim is to always provide prompt excellent trademark services.
Our Trademark team provides the following services:
- Preliminary advice on registrability and other general advisory work
- Clearance searches
- 3rd Party and other Office Actions
- Amendment of trademarks
- Takeover and Resuscitation of Old Files
- Recordal of Changes (Mergers, Assignments, Name and Addresses)
- Renewals and Restorations
- Portfolio Consultancy & Management
- Acquisition, Protection, Enforcement, Transfer & Revalidation of IP Rights
- Domain name issues relating to trademarks
General Information for Trademark Registration Documents Required
- The Name, Nationality and Address of the Applicant
- The name of the trademark or Device mark
- The Class in which it is to be registered (Note that Nigeria follows the International Classification of Goods and Services.
- The Specification of goods in the Class. Note that the general term “all goods included in the class” is no longer acceptable, and the specific goods for which the registration is sought should be indicated. Class Heading of Goods may be adopted.
- A duly signed Power of Attorney/Authorization of Agent
PROCEDURE FOR TRADEMARK
(1) Official Acknowledgement of Application
After verifying that the correct official fees have been paid and an official file opened for the new application, an Acknowledgement Form is issued in respect of the application on the same day. This Form allots a temporary number (TP.) to the application.
This Acknowledgment form merely acknowledges that an application has been received at the Registry on a particular date, which date remains the official date of that trademark for life. The Form also details the mark, the class, the name of the applicant as well as the agent(s) on record, if any.
(2) Examination of Application
The application is then sent for examination on both relative and absolute grounds of objections, and if cleared on both grounds, an Acceptance Form is issued. However, if the application does not meet the requirements, then a Refusal Notice is issued.
(3)Advertisement in The Trademark Journal/Publication
Once a mark has been accepted, it is listed for advertisement in the Trademarks Journal
(4) Oppositions /3rd Party Actions
After advertisement, an application for registration stands open for two months (counting from the date of the advertisement) for opposition purposes or 3rd Party Actions. The party objecting to the registration of a mark must file a Notice of Opposition within the two-month period, which is non-extendable.
(5) Sealing Fees/Final Registration Fees
The final Registration/Sealing Fees fall due for payment at the ‘uneventful’ expiration of the
opposition period. These fees must be paid in order for the Registration Certificates to issue.
Duration of Protection
A trademark is registered for 7 years in the first instance, and may be renewed thereafter at the option of the registered proprietor, for further periods of 14 years thereafter. There is no limit to the number of renewals a mark may be subjected to.
Multi Class Applications
Multiple class applications are not available in Nigeria. Therefore, a separate applica
tion must be made for each class in which protection is sought.
Power of Attorney
A duly signed Power of Attorney/Authorization of Agent in our favor is required for processing the application. Only a simple signature is required for this document.
The Trademarks Registry requires the English translation of a proposed mark containing foreign characters. English is the official language in Nigeria, and we prefer that all documentation required for the registration process is translated at your end.