Applying for Your Trademark Certificate of Registration in Nigeria

Trademark Registration Certificate
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The Trademark registration certificate is an official document issued by the Trade Marks Registry in Nigeria to successful trademark applicants. The registry seats administratively under the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment in Nigeria.

The Trademark registration certificate is usually signed by the Registrar of Trademarks and can be used to demonstrate proof of ownership and registration. The certificate also indicates the applicant’s name and address, current status of the mark, filing date, class and description of the goods or services covered by the trademark or service mark, and the registration number of the mark.

Certification Statement and Other Trademark Information

The certified document will contain a certification statement, a seal on top of the trademark logo (if any), and an authorized signature that certifies the document has been issued by the Trademarks Registry in Nigeria.

Replacement of Lost Original Certificates

It is extremely important to safely keep and store-away the original trademark certificate. However, should you lose the original trademark certificate, you can apply to the Trademark Registry for a certified copy.

Proof of Ownership and Legal Proceedings

While the Trademark Certificate provides information as to the registration of the mark, the Trade mark’s Registry in Nigeria does make it clear that the certificate is not issued for use in legal proceedings. The Certificate is also not to be used to obtain registration in foreign countries.

This certificate is not for use in legal proceeding or for obtaining Registration abroad. NOTE- Upon any change of ownership of this Trade mark, or change in address, application should AT ONCE be made to the Registrar to register the change.

For more information on filing trademarks in Nigeria or obtaining a trademark registration certificate, please email trademarks@nlipw.com.

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About Ufuoma Akpotaire 258 Articles
Ufuoma is a Senior Editor and Director of Regulatory Policy at NLIPW. She assists clients in the protection of copyrights, trademarks and patents. She counsels clients regarding validity and infringement matters and has experience acting against the infringement of IP and addressing counterfeit issues. She holds a Masters degree (LL.M.) from Columbia Law School, New York and a law degree from the University of Nigeria (LL.B. Honors). She is admitted to practice law in Nigeria and in the State of New York. Ufuoma cut her teeth in the intellectual property practice groups of some of the largest law firms in Nigeria and has years of experience working with major non-profit organizations in New York. Email: uakpotaire@nlipw.com

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