Trademark Watch Series — Entertainment, Sports, Cultural Activities, and Educational Services in Nigeria

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NLIPW Trademarks Law Volume 2 Number 13

TM Watch No.13

(Service Marks: Entertainment, Sports, Cultural Activities, and Educational Services in Nigeria)

May 26, 2014

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This article is part of a series that highlights some of the marks advertised in the Trademarks, Patents and Designs Journal, Vol. 3 No. 1.  The Journal was published by the Trademarks, Patents and Designs Registry in Nigeria on December 31, 2013.  TM Watch No. 13 highlights service marks in Class 41.  Specifically, “Class 41:  In respect of Education, Providing of Training, Entertainment, Sporting and Cultural Activities“.

International Pageants and Films Limited Applies to Register “Top Chef Nigeria/Africa”, “Africa’s Got Talent” , “Africa’s Next Top Model”,  and “Nigeria’s Next Top Model” in Class 41 in Nigeria

TOP CHEF NIGERIA/AFRICAInternational Pageants and Films Limited has lodged separate applications for the registration of the terms “Top Chef Nigeria/Africa”, “Africa’s Got Talent” , “Africa’s Next Top Model”,  and “Nigeria’s Next Top Model”, at the Trademarks, Patents, and Designs Registry in Abuja.  The applications for “Top Chef Nigeria/Africa” and “Africa’s Got Talent” were filed on December 23, 2011 while the applications for “Africa’s Next Top Model” and “Nigeria’s Next Top Model” were filed on December 5, 2011.  The applications cover education, training, entertainment, sporting and cultural activities in Class 41.

 “Africa’s Next Top Model” was the subject of controversy in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/855/2013 between International Pageants and Films Limited and anor. v. Nigerian Broadcasting Commission and ors.  The status of all the applications in Nigeria as of December 31, 2013, was accepted and approved for publication.

The Professional Golfers Association of America Applies to Register “PGA TOUR” in Class 41 in Nigeria

PGA TOURThe Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA of America) has lodged an application for the registration of the term “PGA TOUR” at the Trademarks, Patents, and Designs Registry in Abuja.  The application was filed on June, 10, 2010.  The mark covers education, training, entertainment, sporting and cultural activities in Class 41.

WIPO’s Global Brand Database, shows that PGA of America has also registered “PGA TOUR” in Class 41 in Canada, Israel, Switzerland, the Philippines and the United States.  The status of the mark in Nigeria as of December 31, 2013, was accepted and approved for publication.

Intel Corporation Applies to Register “Intel Look Inside” and “Look Inside” in Class 41 in Nigeria

INTEL LOOK INSIDE

Intel Corporation has lodged two applications for the registration of the terms “Intel Look Inside” and “Look Inside”, at the Trademarks, Patents, and Designs Registry in Abuja.  Both marks were applied for on February 12, 2013 and cover education, training, entertainment, sporting and cultural activities in Class 41.

Applications for “Intel Look Inside” and “Look Inside” were also filed in Nigeria in Class 9 “in respect of scientific, nautical, surveying, electric, photographic, cinematographic, optical, weighing, measuring, signalling checking and Class 42 “in respect of scientific and technological services, research and design relating thereto; industrial analysis, research services; design and development of computer, hardware and software”.

WIPO’s Global Brand Database, shows that “Intel Look Inside” has been registered in Class 41 in Israel, Singapore, Switzerland and the Philippines, with pending applications in Australia and Morocco.  The status of both marks in Nigeria as of December 31, 2013, was accepted and approved for publication.

Ereon Pageantry Applies to Register “Most Beautiful Girl in Eko” in Class 41 in Nigeria

Ereon Pageantry has lodged an application to register the term “Most Beautiful Girl in Eko” at the Trademarks, Patents and Designs Registry in Abuja.
MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN EKOThe application for the registration was filed on April 9, 2013. It covers education, training, entertainment, sporting and cultural activities in Class 41

A Google search for the term “Most Beautiful Girl in Eko” suggests that it is used in association with a beauty pageant that is open to all states and ethnicity in Nigeria . Most Beautiful Girl in Eko Beauty pageant is used interchangeably as Most Beautiful Girl in Lagos, as Eko is the yoruba name for Lagos. Both Eko and Lagos refer to the same place in this context.

The status of the mark in Nigeria as of December 31, 2013, was accepted and advertised for publication.

Teachers Without Borders Applies to Register “Teachers Without Borders” in Class 41 in Nigeria

TEACHERS WITHOUT BORDERSTeachers Without Borders has lodged an application to register the word and design for “Teachers Without Borders” at the Trademarks, Patents and Designs Registry in Abuja.  The application was filed on May 11, 2010 and covers education, training, entertainment, sporting and cultural activities in Class 41.

A search of the USPTO’s Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) shows that the word and design for “Teachers Without Borders” has been registered in Class 41 in the U.S.  In Nigeria, the status of the mark as of December 31, 2013, was accepted and approved for publication.

Planet Nollywood Entertainment Ind. Ltd. Applies to Register “Who Wants to be a Movie Star” in Class 41 in Nigeria

Who Wants to be a Movie StarPlanet Nollywood Entertainment Ind. Ltd. has filed an application for the registration of the term “Who Wants to be a Movie Star” at the Trademarks, Patents and Designs Registry in Abuja.  The application was lodged on May 6, 2008.  It covers education, training, entertainment, sporting and cultural activities in Class 41.  The status of the mark in Nigeria as of December 31, 2013, was accepted and approved for publication.

Societe Des Hotels Meridien Applies to Register “Le MERIDIEN” in Class 41 in Nigeria

Le MeridienSociete Des Hotels Meridien has lodged an application for the registration of the terms “Le Meridien” at the Trademarks, Patents, and Designs Registry in Abuja.  The application was filed on November 12, 2012 and covers education, training, entertainment, sporting and cultural activities in Class 41.

TESS shows “Le Meridien” has been registered in Class 41 in the U.S.  The status of the mark in Nigeria as of December 31, 2013, was accepted and approved for publication.

The Coca Cola Company Applies to Register “Me We World” and the Empowered Woman Design in Class 41 in Nigeria

Coca Cola Empowered Woman DesignThe Coca-Cola Company has lodged an application to register the term “Me We World” at the Trademarks, Patents, and Designs Registry in Abuja.  The application was filed on October 23, 2012 and covers education, training, entertainment, sporting and cultural activities in Class 41.  The status of the mark in Nigeria as of December 31, 2013, was accepted and advertised for publication.

The company has also filed an application to register its empowered woman design (as pictured with no verbal elements) in the same class. The application for the design was filed on October 23, 2012.  A search using Google shows that the design is often used by the company in association with the Coke 5by20 program.  The status of the mark in Nigeria as of December 31, 2013, was accepted and advertised for publication.

Butterfly Managers Limited Applies to Register “NAIJ” in Class 41 in Nigeria

NAIJButterfly Management Limited has lodged an application to register the term “NAIJ” in Nigeria.  The application was filed on June 20, 2012 in Nigeria and covers education, training, entertainment, sporting and cultural activities in Class 41.  A Google search for the term “NAIJ” suggests that the term is used online for news reporting.

The status of the mark in Nigeria as of December 31, 2013, was accepted and approved for publication.

Hilton International Company Applies to Register “Hilton” in Class 41 in Nigeria

HILTONGlobal hospitality company, Hilton International co. has filed an application for the registration of “Hilton” at the Trademarks, Patents and Designs Registry in Abuja.  The application was lodged on June 26, 2007.  It covers education, training, entertainment, sporting and cultural activities in Class 41.  The status of the mark in Nigeria as of December 31, 2013, was accepted and advertised for publication.

Information contained in this article are based on the Trademarks, Patents and Designs Journal, Vol. 3 No. 1 but do not replace the Journal. The Journal was published on December 31, 2013 by the Trademarks, Patents and Designs Registry in Nigeria.

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