Trademark validity and renewal

Trademark validity and renewal

March 26, 2019

A trademark when registered is valid for a period of 7(Seven) years but is renewable for another period of 14 years as provided by the Act. There is no limit to the number of times a trademark can be renewed.

 The requirements for the Renewal of Trademark in Nigeria

The requirements for the trademark renewal in Nigeria are as follows:

  • Particulars of Applicant for the renewal such as, Name, Address, Email, Phone Number.
  • The Applicant’s trademark information such as Trademark Type, The File or TM number, Description of Logo and class of goods or services for renewal.
  • Certificate of Registration of the Trademark
  • Power of Attorney
  • Payment of the prescribed renewal fee

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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.

  • 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. 

  • What are the benefits of Registering with SON?
    1. Product traceability in the Nigerian market
    2. Detection of counterfeit products
    3. Barriers to the circulation of substandard goods
    4. The official SON Product Registration Logo and number are displayed on registered products.
  • Can I use the data collected legally for one purpose for another purpose?

    No, you can’t use the data collected for one purpose for a different purpose.

  • How long does the registration of an industrial design last?

    It is effective for an initial period of 5 years from the date of the application for registration and renewable for two consecutive periods of 5 years

  • What are the product categories available when registering with NAFDAC?

    The product categories include: Food, Cosmetics, Drug, Medical Device, Agro-Chemicals & Pesticide, Veterinary Products, Vaccines & Biologicals, Herbal and Nutraceuticals and Water

  • Can my kids be shareholders in my company?

    Yes your kids can hold shares in your company but there must be a minimum of two adult shareholders before kids can be included.

  • Why do I need a trademark?

    You need to register your trademark because if you don’t register it, someone else can! It helps identify you as the source ad indicates a consistent level of quality of your products and services. Securing a registered trademark protects your brand, and provides you with tools to prevent someone else from using similar signs and riding off the back of your business.

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