Nigeria 

Paths to protection

Ways to protect your invention

Patents are a way of protecting your inventions. By filing a successful patent you will be awarded a monopoly to exploit your invention for a period of time.

National Patents are the most effective way of defending your invention if you only require protection in a single jurisdiction. If this is not enough for your needs, this country has signed international agreements on patents, which facilitate their internationalization:

PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty)

The PCT system allows simplified international patent applications which in turn eases national filings.

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Discuss your Intellectual Property Protection strategy with us

If you need to protect your Intellectual Property abroad, through our Global Network of offices and associates, we can make your Intellectual Property assets expand to every nation you desire, ensuring full legal protection of your rights.

If you have further questions, we would be delighted to schedule a conference call and answer any questions you may have.

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Nigeria

Patent Details and Timeframes

Priority claim

Available

Substantive Examination

Unavailable

Body responsible for non-use cancellations

Court & IP Office

Time until registration

5 years

Opposition Period

Special Case

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Use Requirement Period

4 years

National Filing Requirements

  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Applicant data.
  •  Copy of priority document (if applicable).
  •  Patent title, abstract, description, claims and drawings.
  •  Deed of assignment, simply signed (if applicable).
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Deed of assignment, simply signed by the assignor and the assignee.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Certificate of change of name.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Power of attorney from the licensor and licensee, simply signed.
  •  Deed of license, simply signed.

PCT Filing

  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Copy of priority document (if applicable).
  •  Patent title, abstract, description, claims and drawings.
  •  International search report.
  •  Deed of assignment, simply signed (if applicable).
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Deed of assignment, simply signed by the assignor and the assignee.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Certificate of change of name.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Power of attorney from the licensor and licensee, simply signed.
  •  Deed of license, simply signed.

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WIPO to open two new offices in Africa

Following the 2016 WIPO Assemblies, its member states have agreed to increase the number of physical offices into new frontiers. As such, going into the future, WIPO will have two offices located in the continent of Africa, located in Algeria and Nigeria. These offices will provide the opportunity of expanding the accumulated knowledge of African IP while also serve the purpose of increasing the awareness to WIPO’s services and furthering the goal of international cooperation, concerning Intellectual Property, among all the member-states of WIPO. Algeria and Nigeria won over other applying countries such as Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Kenya. According to Algeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement dating from August 7th, "The offices of Algiers and Abuja will preserve and promote Africa' interests in WIPO areas of actions". The Nigerian Copyright Office has also addressed the bid victory by saying that “A WIPO Office in Nigeria will, among others, position Africa to make better use of specific fit-for-purpose WIPO services to strengthen Nigeria/Africa’s creative and innovative sectors (…)”. Further diplomatic talks are underway to open four more offices until the end of this decade.

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