How to register and protect your business name

How to register and protect your business name

October 19, 2018

After you have picked the perfect business name and gotten it reserved and approved, you will need to make sure it is legally yours and yours alone to use in Nigeria where you intend to conduct your business.

So whether you have picked to register your business as a sole proprietorship or as a limited liability company, ensure you follow the appropriate procedure to get it registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission.

After you have duly registered your business, it’s advisable to trademark the business name as it gives you exclusivity to use the name for many years to come. It also helps consumers/customers easily identify/recognise your goods and services in the marketplace.

You’ll still need to look into whatever business licenses or permits you may need to actually operate your kind of business in the region/state in which the business is located. This will enable the business run smoothly and prevent trouble from the designated authorities in charge of such permits, thereby allowing you focus on the growth of the business. 

Best regards,

Efe Ugboro

CEO, 618 Bees

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  • When are Annual Returns due for filing?

    A company’s first Annual Returns are due for filing after 18 months of its inception, subsequently it should be filed annually as the name implies. The filing dates could differ for each company depending on their financial year end but must be filed not later than 42 days after its Annual General Meeting.

    The Annual Returns for Business Names is due not later than the 30th of June each year except in the year the business was registered.

  • Must my Company Secretary be a Lawyer?

    Although it’s ideal to have a lawyer as a company secretary, it is not compulsory for small private businesses.

  • What are the penalties for not registering my products with the SON?
      1. Seizure of goods by the Inspectorate and Compliance Directorate
      2. Payment of a fine.
      3. Prosecution


  • What is share capital?

    The share capital in a private limited company is the amount of money invested by its owners in exchange for shares of ownership.

  • Can I trademark my logo and name separately? Why is this a good idea?

    Yes you can. The advantage is that it gives you the opportunity to have more than one logo or the opportunity to change your logo easily as opposed to registering the name and the logo as one trademark.

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