In registering trademarks in Nigeria, you may apply for the mark to be registered under one or more of the 45 classes. Each class represents a distinct class of goods or services and for each application, you must pay a separate registration fee.
In a previous article, we reviewed filing trademarks in Class 32. In this article, we review some of the goods which fall under Class 5 of trademark classification in Nigeria.
What is Class 5 All About?
Under Nigerian Law, Class 5 as it pertains to trademarks includes pharmaceutical, veterinary and sanitary preparations. Specific examples of goods which may be classified under Class 5 include drugs classified as antibiotic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antimicrobial, anticoagulant, antiseptic, antiviral, anti-itch; Vitamins; Minerals; Supplements; Pesticides, Parasiticides, Preparations for destroying vermin; Fungicides, Herbicides, and other Repellents; Bath preparations for medical purposes; Deodorizers (other than for human beings or animals); Herb Teas for medicinal purposes; Food for babies; Material for stopping teeth, dental wax; and disinfectants.
You would NOT use Class 5 if you were registering:
-Furniture, Mirrors, Picture, etc (Class 20)
-Leather and Imitations of Leather (Class 18)
-Coffee, Rice or Tea (Class 30)
Current examples of trademark applications filed in Nigeria in Class 5 include Huggies, Pedialyte, Pediasure, Popupon baby diapers etc.
This article was originally published on June 2, 2016 and is intended to provide general information about the subject matter. Professional legal advice should be sought about specific circumstances.