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.

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    A limited liability company (LLC) must have a company secretary.

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    Yes, there is a late renewal fee, which is dependent on the category of the product.

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    You can start renewal 6 months to the date of expiry.

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    You need a Shareholders Agreement to protect your investment in a company.  The shareholders Agreement establishes a fair relationship between all shareholders and sets out how the company is run.

  • What is a trademark?

    A trademark can be any word, sign, symbol or graphic that you apply to your company, goods or services to distinguish them from those of your competitors; for example, a brand, product or company name, or logo. The trademark serves as a badge of origin for your business and its brands and products, and can consist of words, logos, slogans, colours and shapes, or a combination of all of these.

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