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Nigeria

Intellectual Property
Smit & Van Wyk Patent, Trademark & Registered Designs

Intellectual Property in Nigeria

Smit & Van Wyk assists with the protection of Intellectual Property in Nigeria, including the filing, prosecution and enforcement of patents, designs, trade marks, copyright and plant breeders’ rights. Our team of Intellectual Property attorneys have the knowledge, experience and resources to give expert legal advice regarding your Intellectual Property portfolio. We can assist with the protection, prosecution and enforcement thereof. It is our mission to provide unparalleled service to our treasured clients by developing dynamic solutions which are tailored to suit individual Intellectual Property needs. The key to achieving this lies with our vibrant people, who are eager to go beyond the call of duty.

Patent Attorneys, Patent Registration, Patents

Nigeria patents have a duration of 20 years from date of filing.  Nigeria is a member of the PCT and the Paris Convention (International treaty for the protection of Industrial Property).

Types of Patents:

  • Patents of Invention
  • National Phase PCT Application 

Methods of medical diagnosis, treatment or surgery are not patentable. 

Nigeria trade marks are valid for 7 years from filing date and renewable for further periods of 14 years. Nigeria is a member of the Paris Convention (International treaty for the protection of Industrial Property).

Types of Trade Marks:

  • Standard marks
  • Certification marks
  • Defensive marks
  • Series marks

The most current edition of the Nice Classification of Goods and Services is followed.

Trademark Attorneys, Trademark Registration, Trademarks

Nigeria designs are valid for an initial term of 5 years from date of filing, with possible extensions of 2 further terms of 5 years each. Nigeria is a member of the Paris Convention (International treaty for the protection of Industrial Property).

Types of Designs:

  • Industrial Designs

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