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26 September 2019

Trademark licensing in Africa: inside three key jurisdictions

With Africa proving a particularly lucrative region for brands seeking licensing opportunities, we examine what rights holders need to know about trademark licences in three key jurisdictions from across the continent

14 August 2019

Nigerian Trademark Registry: recent developments expected to benefit IP system

Developments that have taken place at the Nigerian Trademark Registry over the past few months have been widely welcomed by the trademark community. Among other things, it is hoped that the establishment of the new Trademark Tribunal will speed up opposition proceedings.

14 August 2019

Warning issued over brand name squatting in Nigeria: how to fight back 

While brands are long used to the scourge of trademark squatting in a number of jurisdictions, it can be easy to overlook the challenge posed by companies trading off their name. A legal expert in Nigeria warns that the latter is a significant threat.

29 July 2019

New dawn in Nigeria: evolution of the trademark ecosystem in Africa’s biggest economy

Nigeria has long been a challenging jurisdiction in which to obtain and enforce registered trademark rights. Recent changes represent significant and positive steps forward, as issues are finally being addressed.

24 July 2019

New dawn for trademarks in Nigeria – all eyes are on regime overhaul

IP protection in Africa’s largest economy is undergoing major changes, as Nigeria’s new Trademarks Registry launches a set of ambitious plans to ensure that the country’s trademark regime is fit for purpose in the globalised world.

28 March 2019

Good news for trademark owners and professionals as first-ever registry case report is released

In a welcome development for trademark owners, lawyers and agents, the Nigerian Trademark Registry has announced the release of the first-ever compendium of opposition rulings delivered by the Trademarks Tribunal.

20 March 2019

“A game changer” – Nigeria trademark environment improves following release of opposition compendium

Nigeria’s IP office is releasing its first-ever compendium of oppositions rulings, which one local practitioner tells WTR will ensure local and international brand owners have sufficient precedent for trademark-related actions.

24 October 2018

Leadership restructuring at the Trademarks, Patents and Designs Registry – key changes highlighted

Nigeria’s Federal Civil Service Commission has created separate offices for the following positions: registrar of trademarks, registrar of patents and designs and director of administration.

15 December 2017

Trump's USPTO nominee confirmed, victory for Louboutin, and significant changes at Nigerian IP registry: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we report why Louboutin's red sole mark was declared ‘well known’ in India, upcoming changes at Nigeria’s trademark registry, and much more.

16 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.

07 March 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.

15 August 2016

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

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

08 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.

26 November 2015

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

An IP expert in Nigeria has told World Trademark Review 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.

18 June 2014

History is made: first registration certificates for trademarks filed online are issued

The first set of registration certificates for trademarks filed online has recently been issued. The new online filing system was introduced only two years ago, and the first two Trademarks Journals for trademarks filed online were published on March 25 and September 10 last year.