Nigeria is a party to the Paris Convention for Protection of Industrial Property, however, it is not possible to claim priority as Nigeria’s national trade mark legislation has not been amended to give effect to the Paris Convention.
Nigeria follows a single class filing system in terms of the 10th edition of the Nice Classification.
The total time from filing to registration is approximately 24 months. Trade mark applications are examined for compliance with formal requirements only and are published in the official gazette after acceptance. Trade marks may be opposed within 2 months from the date of publication.