WTR 1000 2022

WTR 1000 - 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 the highest number of trademark filings annually in Africa, but an IP system which is inadequate in certain key respects. One crucial shortcoming is its failure to fully implement the Paris Convention: although Nigeria is a party to the convention, its trademark laws require the minister of trade...

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Nigeria has the highest number of trademark filings annually in Africa, but an IP system which is inadequate in certain key respects. One crucial shortcoming is its failure to fully implement the Paris Convention: although Nigeria is a party to the convention, its trademark laws require the minister of trade and investment to declare which countries have convention country status – a declaration which, for trademark (though not patent) purposes, has yet to be made. Calls are growing for this situation to be rectified. A further cause for alarm is the high volume of counterfeits on the local market – a recent study estimated that up to 80% of goods sold in the country are fakes. Nigeria has a number of laws in place that aim to address the issue, but there is considerable room for improvement; a new counterfeit goods bill had its first reading in July 2021 and calls are growing for legislation specifically targeted at counterfeit medical products. Also of interest is the ongoing modernisation effort at the Nigerian IP office, which has had mixed results thus far. For example, the introduction of a new online trademark filing platform has not gone as smoothly as hoped, as evidenced by claims that applications filed through the new system remain unexamined.

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