Trademark Registration in Nigeria: A Guide for Business Owners
A trademark is a symbol, term, or phrase that is used to identify and distinguish a brand’s goods and services from those of its competitors.
The Trade Marks Act, which is enforced by the Nigerian Trademarks, Patents and Designs Registry (TPD), protects trademarks in Nigeria.
Trademark registration is an important step for any business that wants to protect its brand identity and intellectual property.
Who can own a trademark in Nigeria?
In Nigeria, any individual or corporate entity that utilizes a unique mark to distinguish their goods or services may file for a trademark.
Individuals, partnerships, businesses, and non-profit organizations are all included.
What is a trademark in Nigerian law?
Under Nigerian law, a trademark is defined as “a mark used or proposed to be used in relation to goods for the purpose of indicating, or so as to indicate, a connection in the course of trade between the goods and some person having the right either as proprietor or as registered user to use the mark.”
Which ministry handles trademark in Nigeria?
Trademark registration is handled by the Nigerian Trademarks, Patents and Designs Registry (TPD), which is a department of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment.
How do I get a trademark in Nigeria?
In Nigeria, the trademark registration process is divided into three stages: search, acceptance, and certification.
Taria Hub offers services for all three stages.
SEARCH: We undertake a thorough search during the initial stage to guarantee that the proposed trademark is available for registration.
Once the search is complete, we submit the application for approval, which typically takes up to 2 to 3 weeks weeks.
Once completed, you will receive acknowledgement and acceptance letter.
ACCEPTANCE: After the trademark application is approved, it is published in the Trademarks Journal.
The second stage of trademark registration is complete.
The publication procedure might take up to a year or longer, depending on circumstances such as the Trademarks Registry’s backlog of applications.
CERTIFICATION: A certificate of registration will be issued once the publication procedure is completed.
This certificate serves as proof of registration and can be used in any transaction, including court proceedings.
How long does it take to register a trademark in Nigeria?
The registration certificate is usually provided between six months to a year, depending on the application’s complexity and whether there are any oppositions or objections.
Taria Hub provides trademark registration services to assist you preserve your brand identification and be legally compliant.
Here are some of the reasons you should contact Taria Hub for your trademark requirements:
Expertise: Our team has the knowledge and expertise to guide you through the trademark registration process. We can assist you in navigating the legal complications of trademark registration.
Time-saving: The trademark registration process can be lengthy and complicated. You can save time and effort by letting us manage the process on your behalf when you use our services. Everything will be handled by us, from doing a trademark search to filing the application with the proper authorities.
Cost-Effective: Registering a trademark can be expensive, particularly if you are unfamiliar with the process. Taria Hub provides low-cost trademark registration services that are suited to your needs.
Peace of Mind: By registering your trademark with Taria Hub, you can rest assured that your brand identification is legally protected. This can assist you in avoiding legal conflicts and potential revenue loss due to infringement.
Below are some the Trademark Registration process we have handled:
At Taria Hub, we are committed to helping business owners protect their intellectual property and brand identity through trademark registration.
Contact us today to learn more about our trademark registration services.