In Nigeria, trademarks are valid for 7 years from the date of the initial application. Following the initial period of registration, Applicants may renew trademarks from time to time. Each renewal is valid for 14 years from the date of the expiration of the original registration or of the last renewal of registration.
A renewal may be filed online using the Trademarks Registry’s portal for accredited agents or physically at the Trademark Registry in Abuja.
Step by Step Process to Renew Trademarks Online in Nigeria
The first step after logging into your account is to click on Recordal. The next step is to search to confirm whether or not the trademark can be located online. If no results are found, the registry provides the option for an Applicant to upload a copy of the Registration Certificate. You may also upload a copy of the Acceptance Form issued by the Registry to your application for renewal.
To complete the renewal process of a registered trademark, you will need to provide information relating to the Applicant and also information relating to the trademark.
An Applicant is required to provide information relating to the Applicant including the Applicant’s name, address, email, phone number, nationality, and if the Applicant is a company or individual trading under a different name, you are required to also provide this information to the Registry.
As part of the renewal process, an Applicant is required to provide information relating to the registered trademark. For example, the Applicant will need to provide, the trademark type, registration number, the file or TM number, class of goods or services, and a description of the logo (if any).