Trademark Watch Series — Insurance, Financial and Monetary Affairs in Nigeria

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NLIPW Trademarks Law Volume 2 Number 12

TM Watch No.12

Service Marks: Insurance, Financial and Monetary Affairs in Nigeria

Trademark Vol. 2 No. 12

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. 12 highlights service marks in Class 36.  Specifically, “Class 36:  In respect of insurance, financial affairs, monetary affairs and real estate affairs“.

United Banubak for Africa Applies to Register “Roam Your Money with UBA” and “All About U” in Class 36 in Nigeria

Financial service institution, the United Bank for Africa (UBA) has lodged two applications for the registration of “Roam Your Money with UBA” and “All About U”, at the Trademarks, Patents, and Designs Registry in Abuja.  The application for “All About U” was filed on April, 16, 2013 while the application for “Roam Your Money with UBA” was filed on June 12, 2012.  Both marks cover a range of insurance and financial services in Class 36.

A Google search for “Roam Your Money with UBA” suggests that the mark is used in association with a debit card MasterCard while a search for “All About U” shows that it is a personalised debit card which allows Customers use their favorite images on their debit cards.  The status of both marks in Nigeria as of December 31, 2013, was accepted and approved for publication.

Sheraton International IP, LLC Applies to Register “The Luxury Collection” in Class 36 in Nigeria

Sheraton International  IP, LLC has lodged an application for the registration of the term “The Luxury Collection”.  The application was filed on December 24, 2012 in Nigeria.  It covers a range of real estate, insurance and financial services in Class 36.

A similar application for “The Luxury Collection” was also filed in Nigeria in Class 43 “in respect of services for providing food, drinks and temporary accommodation and Class 39 “in respect of transport, packaging & storage of goods travel arrangement”.

WIPO’s Global Brand Database, shows that “The Luxury Collection” has been registered in Class 36 in Israel and the Philippines with a pending application in Australia.  The status of the mark in Nigeria as of December 31, 2013, was accepted and approved for publication.

Wal-mart  Stores Inc. Applies to Register “Sam’s Club” in Class 36 in Nigeria

sams clubAmerican multinational retail corporation, Wal-mart Stores Inc. has filed an application for the registration of “Sam’s Club”.  The application was lodged in Nigeria on December 25, 2010.  It covers a range of real estate, insurance and financial services in Class 36.

A search for “Sam’s Club” using the USPTO’s Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) shows that the mark has been registered in Classes 35 and 42 in the U.S.  The status of the mark in Nigeria as of December 31, 2013, was accepted and approved for publication.

Fidelity Worldwide Investment Applies to Register “F Fidelity Worldwide Investment” and “F” in Class 36 in Nigeria

fidelityFidelity Worldwide Investment (FIL Ltd.) has lodged two applications to register “F Fidelity Worldwide Investment” and “F” at the Trademarks, Patents, and Designs Registry in Abuja.  Both marks were applied for on July 18, 2011 and cover a range of real estate, insurance and financial services in Class 36.

A search of WIPO’s Global Brand Database, shows that the marks have also been registered in Australia.  The status of the marks in Nigeria as of December 31, 2013, was accepted and approved for publication.

First Bank of Nigeria Applies to Register “KidsFirst” and “FIRSTEXPLORE” in Class 36 in Nigeria

FIRSTEXPLOREFirst Bank of Nigeria has lodged two applications for the registration of the terms “KidsFirst” and “FIRSTEXPLORE”, at the Trademarks, Patents, and Designs Registry in Abuja.  Both marks were applied for on January 10, 2013 and cover a range of real estate, insurance and financial services in Class 36.

A Google search for “KidsFirst” suggests that the term is used in association with the opening of a bank account for kids while a search for “FIRSTEXPLORE” does not appear to bring up any relevant results.  The status of both marks in Nigeria as of December 31, 2013, was accepted and approved for publication.

Google Inc. Applies to Register “BEBAPAY” in Class 36 in Nigeria

BebapayGoogle Inc. has lodged an application for the term “BEBAPAY”. The application was filed on December 17, 2012 in Nigeria. It covers a range of financial services in Class 36.  Specifically, “Class 36: In respect of insurance, financial affairs, monetary affairs and real estate affairs.

WIPO’s Global Brand Database, shows that Google Inc. has also filed an application to register “BEBAPAY” in Class 36 in the Philippines. The application is currently pending.

A Google search for “BEBAPAY” suggests that the term is used in relation to a card that makes payments easier with technology provided by Google and is currently been used in Kenya for the payment of bus fares.  In Nigeria, the status of the mark as of December 31, 2013, was accepted and approved for publication.

Citigroup Inc. Applies to Register “CITIFX” and “CITIDIRECT BE” in Class 36 in Nigeria

citifxAmerican multinational financial services corporation, Citigroup Inc. has lodged two applications for the registration of “CITIFX” and “CITIDIRECT BE”, at the Trademarks, Patents, and Designs Registry in Abuja.  The application for “CITIFX” was filed on October 23, 2013 while the application for “CITIDIRECT BE” was filed on December 12, 2012.  Both marks cover a range of insurance and financial services in Class 36.

A search of WIPO’s Global Brand Database, shows that “CITIFX’ has been registered in Israel, Australia, China, Singapore and the U.S., while “CITIDIRECT BE” has been registered in China, Canada, Singapore and the U.S.  The status of both marks in Nigeria as of December 31, 2013, was accepted and approved for publication.

Interswitch Limited Applies to Register “Interswitch eAccount” in Class 36 in Nigeria

interswitchThe application for the registration of the mark was filed on October 5, 2012 in Nigeria.   It covers a range of real estate, insurance and financial services in Class 36.   Specifically, “Class 36: In respect of insurance, financial affairs, monetary affairs and real estate affairs.”  The status of the mark in Nigeria as of December 31, 2013, was accepted and approved for publication.

Moneygram Payment Systems Inc. Applies to Register “Moneygram” in Class 36 in Nigeria

moneygramMoneygram Payment Systems Inc. has lodged an application to register the mark “Moneygram” in Nigeria.  The application was filed on February 1, 2013 in Nigeria for a range of financial services in Class 36.  A similar application for “Moneygram” was also filed in Nigeria in Class 16 “in respect of paper, cardboard and goods made from materials, not included in other classes, printed matter, bookbinding material, photographs materials, paintbrushes, typewriters and office requisites (except furniture).

WIPO’s Global Brand Database shows that the mark “Moneygram” has been registered in Class 35 in several countries including Australia, Canada, Morocco and the U.S.  The status of the mark in Nigeria as of December 31, 2013, was accepted and approved for publication.

Information contained in this article are based on the Trademarks, Patents and Designs Journal, Vol. 3 No. 1. The Journal was published on December 31, 2013 by the Trademarks, Patents and Designs Registry in Nigeria.

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