Do foreign brands need to trademark their brands in Nigeria?

Do foreign brands need to trademark their brands in Nigeria?

June 14, 2019

A trademark represents a company or brand once it is legally registered. Trademarks are unique identifiers that can differentiate companies or brands from one another.

A trademark can be a symbol, logo, word or words that represent the image of a company or brand. The importance of trademark is that it protects the identity of the business and takes priority according to who registers it first.

A registered trademark lasts for seven years in Nigeria and can be renewed from time to time.

A trademark can be registered by both Nigerian brands and foreign brands in Nigeria.

A foreign brand in Nigeria needs to register its brand in Nigeria within six (6) months of registration in the home country. The effective date of registration in Nigeria based on the claim of foreign priority will be the date of initial registration in the home country.

 

 

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