How Long Does the Trademark Registration Process Take in Nigeria? | Two-Minutes Lesson

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Trademark registration in Nigeria is a long process, in general, it takes more than a year.

Acknowledgement Form ImageThe timeline typical varies and involves multiple steps. Below are some of the steps:

    • Acknowledgement Form – If you are filing online, the Acknowledgement Form can be obtained immediately the trademark application is filed. This option is wonderful as it allows accredited agents to provide proof of filing to clients immediately they complete the filing process.
    • Acceptance or Refusal Forms – A review of the trademark application will usually result in the issuance of an Acceptance or Refusal Form. These forms are typically available between two to six months of filing depending on the Trademarks Registry’s backlog of applications. If the trademark is accepted, an Acceptance form will be issued and likewise, if it is refused, a refusal form will be issued. The refusal form usually states the grounds of refusal at the bottom of the form.
    • Publication in the trademarks journal – In the past, the registry has published trademarks in its Trademarks Journal from anywhere between 12 to 48 months. In more recent years, the registry has significantly improved on this timeline publishing marks publishing multiple volumes of journals within shorter intervals.
  • Issuance of registration certificates – A final certificate can be applied for following the expiration of the two months opposition period, provided there is no opposition. The name of the trademark will typically appear on the upper left hand corner of the certificate and If the application was filed online, the certificate will state that the application was filed ‘online’.

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This article was originally published on July 17, 2018. If you are interested in filing trademark applications in Nigeria, please email and someone from our team would assist you.

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About Ufuoma Akpotaire 312 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:


  1. Any thoughts on why it takes that long to get a trademark? And what has been done to improve the process?

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