Trademark Renewal in Nigeria
TRADEMARK RENEWAL IN NIGERIA
A key strategic step in expanding a global brand portfolio is to file for trademark registration in Nigeria. Once the registration is obtained, it is imperative for the owners of trademarks to ensure the validity of their mark by filing timely renewals.
In Nigeria, the first renewal is due 7 years from the date of filing, and each renewal following is needed every 14 years thereafter.
EFFECTS OF NON-RENEWAL OF A NIGERIAN TRADEMARK
Filing an application for trademark renewal in a timely manner is essential to prolonging the protection that a Nigerian trademark registration offers. If the renewal is not made within time, there is a risk that the trademark will be canceled or removed from the register; and any person can claim the trademark and get same registered to their name.
MAINTAINING NIGERIAN TRADEMARKS
The key to successfully maintaining a Nigerian trademark registration is by ensuring that timely renewal filings are made to sustain the protections offered by the registration and to prevent any chance of cancellation. Trademark renewal in Nigeria does not create any changes in the rights of the trademark holder. As long as the trademark is valid, the trademark holder would enjoy all the rights that were acquired during the initial registration.
Trademark renewal in Nigeria guarantees continuous and unhindered protection of the brand name. Failure of renewal leads to a lapse of legal protection in the country.
WHERE THE TRADEMARK EXPIRES
To keep using a trademark that has expired, you need to apply for the restoration of the expired trademark. The process may be risky and attracts additional fees and documentation.
REQUIREMENTS FOR FILING A TRADEMARK RENEWAL APPLICATION
To file for trademark renewal in Nigeria, the following are required:
A duly executed Power of Attorney. No Notarization or legalization is required;
The certificate of trademark registration