What it Takes to Renew Trademarks in Nigeria

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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.

Applicant Information

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.

Trademark Information

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).

If you need assistance filing renewals in Nigeria, please email trademarks@nlipw.com. This article is intended to provide general information about the subject matter. Professional legal advice should be sought about specific circumstances.
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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