June 2, 2016 — 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 is intended to provide general information about the subject matter. Professional legal advice should be sought about specific circumstances.