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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Frequently Asked

  • Why must I file Annual Returns?

    It is a mandatory statutory requirement under the Companies and Allied Matters Act to file Annual Returns yearly. 

  • What’s the difference between a business name and an LLC?
    • A business name is a sole proprietorship, usually owned and managed by one individual only. Legally, the sole proprietor and his business are one. It simply means an individual trading with an alias. The sole proprietor is personally liable for all business related obligations.

    • A limited liability company on the other hand is a separate business entity from the individuals that hold its shares and act as directors. Legally, it’s a separate business entity and a person on its own who can transact business, own property separate from its owners and can sue or be sued. 

  • If I have NAFDAC Registration number, do I still need SON registration number?

    SON Product Registration scheme is mandatory for all SON’s regulated products as mandated by SON Act 56 of 1971, 20 of 1984, 18 of 1990 as amended.

    This is irrespective of the registration done by NAFDAC

  • How many shareholders do I need to start a company?

    A minimum of two (2) shareholders is required to form a company.

  • 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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