What Are the Grounds for Opposing Trademark Applications in Nigeria? | Two-Minutes Lesson

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Trademark oppositions can be filed at the Trademarks registry in Abuja, Nigeria.

A trademark that has been accepted by the trademarks registry may be opposed on any of the grounds for rejection set out in the Trademarks Act and also based on Sections 9(d), 11, 12, 13, and 31 of the Act. Some of the most common grounds for opposition include:

  1. The trademark is identical or very similar to a prior registered/existing registration.
  2. The trademark contains deceptive or scandalous matters or designs.
  3. The trademark contains names of chemical substances.
  4. The applicant has no intention to use the trademark.
  5. The trademark contains geographical names.
  6. The trademark contains some restricted words and/or symbols.

If you are interested in filing trademark applications in Nigeria, please email trademarks@nlipw.com and someone from our team would assist you.

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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