World Trademark Review 1000 2021

The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals - a unique guide that identifies the top trademark professionals in key jurisdictions around the globe. The WTR 1000 focuses exclusively on trademark practice and has firmly established itself as the definitive ‘go-to’ resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise.

Nigeria

Nigeria has traditionally been viewed as a challenging jurisdiction from a trademark protection perspective, with outdated legislation, weak infrastructure and slow response times at the Nigerian Trademark Registry causing problems. However, efforts are underway to improve the IP framework. A bill introduced in 2018 to repeal the 1965 Trademarks Act...

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Nigeria has traditionally been viewed as a challenging jurisdiction from a trademark protection perspective, with outdated legislation, weak infrastructure and slow response times at the Nigerian Trademark Registry causing problems. However, efforts are underway to improve the IP framework. A bill introduced in 2018 to repeal the 1965 Trademarks Act and the 1967 Trademark Regulations looks likely to enter into force soon; among other things, it would expand the definition of what constitutes a trademark and the range of acts deemed to constitute trademark infringement. A new Trademark Tribunal was also established in 2019 as an administrative arm of the registry to handle oppositions and the publication of trademark journals has become more consistent, helping to limit conflicts arising from the country’s first-to-file system.

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