Anyone who has filed a trademark application in Nigeria will tell you that completing the process and obtaining the trademark registration certificate can often be very tasking.
During the process, you may find yourself playing the waiting game as the process may last anywhere between 24 – 48 months. Sometimes, the process lasts even longer and all you may be able to do during many months, is wait.
A large part of the delay is often attributed to the fact that the Trademark Registry releases only one or two Trademark Journals annually, containing approximately 4,500 trademarks and resulting in a massive backlog of unpublished trademark applications.
When a trademark is finally published, most attorneys and applicants usually feel a great sense of relief as they anticipate applying for the certificate of registration, provided there is no opposition to the application.
If there is no opposition, applicants can apply for the certificate of registration two months from the date of the publication of the Trademarks Journal. Typically, applicants are required to pay a separate fee for this process and the certificate will issue shortly thereafter.
This article was originally published on June 18, 2017. For more information on filing trademarks in Nigeria or obtaining a trademark registration certificate, please email email@example.com.