The question of what happens to fees paid to file a trademark application is a common one especially in cases where a trademark application is refused. Clients often ask: If the Trademark Registry in Nigeria rejects my application, will the fees paid be refunded? The simple answer is No.
Trademark Registries and authorities in most countries will not refund fees if they reject a trademark registration application. The same rules apply to trademark applications filed in Nigeria. The Trademark Registry in Abuja will not refund fees if they reject an application to register a trademark filed in Nigeria.
Again most legal service firms and law firms will not refund their professional fees for filing an application if the application is rejected or refused. The reason for this is that billing in the legal service industry is typically done on an hourly basis. What this means is that lawyers typically charge an amount proportionate to the time they spend working on your transaction.
Think about it this way – the lawyer prepares the trademark application; pays the official fees for filing the trademark application; files the application; receives the acknowledgement and forwards it on to the client; monitors the application to receive a decision on whether the mark has been approved or refused etc. Each step of the way the lawyer is expending his time and resources including direct and indirect costs and as such whether or not the decision is favorable to the client, a refund should not be expected.
If you are interested in filing trademark applications in Nigeria, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and someone from our team would assist you.