Nigeria | Trademarks Registry Safety Measures in wake of COVID-19

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The trademarks registry in Nigeria has issued a notice, dated March 30, 2020, providing additional measures taken by the registry as a result of the uncertainties surrounding COVID-19.

The registry had issued an earlier notice on March 24, 2020 outlining measures it had taken due to COVID-19 including the complete shutdown of all onsite activities. The implication of this is that manual official searches and filings are hereby suspended till further notice. The Trademark Registry accepts filings through the online system, however based on the notice, all other steps to registration will be on hold.

In the latest notice, the registrar, Yauri Adamu, addressed concerns relating to extension of time for filing and responding to applications. In the notice, the Registrar stated:

” I am directed by the Honorable Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment to inform you that time has been extended for all actions before the Registrar that is affected by the complete shutdown of activities as declared by the Federal Government, particularly with respect to Trademarks Journals published in February 2020. In a manner that the period of the lockdown is excluded in computing the period of such actions orfilings, until the end of such period as may be declared by the Federal Government”.

For more information on filing trademarks, patents and designs in Nigeria, please email trademarks@nlipw.com.

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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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