Region: Nigeria

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Nigeria

Featured in Anti-counterfeiting: A Global Guide 2017

In spite of socio-economic challenges, Nigeria has continued to witness growth and expansion, diversification and a greater level of transparence. Contributing factors to this are Nigeria’s creative industries, which have grown somewhat informally, as well as a fast-emerging retail culture.

18 May 2017

Trademark Registry publishes new Trademark Journal

The Trademark Registry has released the new Trademark Journal entitled Volume 1, Issue 1 – the first journal to be published in more than a year. The registry has provided no information as to why the journal advertises only applications filed through the IPAS system, or whether a separate journal for e-filings will be published in the near future.

16 May 2017

Confusion over QLINK’s rightful owner

Confusion over the rightful owner of trademark QLINK has arisen as a result of Nigeria’s first-to-file rule. Brand owners seeking to rely on trademark registration in Nigeria must be aware that the country follows the first-to-file rule not only for patents, but trademarks as well.

09 May 2017

Deadline for trademark data capture process extended

Late last year, a memo from the registrar’s office was circulated to all stakeholders in Nigeria, indicating that the data capture process would be finalised by the end of 2016. However, by January 2017 it had become obvious that the WIPO officials undertaking the data capture process had expanded its mandate to incorporate ‘backward integration’, and had extended the deadline to finalise the entire process.

07 March 2017

Progress at last - Industrial Property Commission Bill passes second reading in Parliament

On January 19 2017 the Industrial Property Commission Bill passed its second reading at the House of Representatives. This is a major development which takes the country one step closer to the long-awaited bill becoming law in Nigeria. The bill represents a complete overhaul of the current system and will harmonise all the IP laws and bodies in the country.

21 February 2017

Venturing into Africa: law firm opportunity and risk in an evolving IP landscape

For this week’s blog post from the <em>WTR 1000</em> research team, it is timely to consider the current state of trademark protection in Africa.

15 August 2016

Online trademark infringement - a criminal offence

Trademark owners have a new defence mechanism available to them in the fight against online infringement and counterfeiting in Nigeria. The Cybercrime Act 2015 deals with a range of cyber issues, including cybersquatting.

15 July 2016


Featured in Anti-counterfeiting 2016 – A Global Guide

Nigeria has a population of 170 million that largely comprises exposed and sophisticated people who – conversely – have low purchasing power. Consequently, it is a popular destination for counterfeit and pirated goods.

27 April 2016

The future of the Nigerian Trademarks, Patents and Designs Registry

Despite challenges and uncertainties occasioned by changes in leadership, there is cause for optimism for the future of the Nigerian Trademarks, Patents and Designs Registry.

08 April 2016

Nigeria expects “wave of IP commercialisation” as OAPI eyes possible expansion

An IP expert in Nigeria has told <I>World Trademark Review</I> that a recent trademark infringement lawsuit launched by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation could “spark a wave of IP commercialisation”, and has called for the country to join the African IP Organisation. A spokesperson for the latter has told us that the organisation is not currently in talks with Nigeria, but that the door is open for discussions.

26 November 2015

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