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CANCELLATION OF A TRADE MARK – NIGERIA


As we have discussed previously, an application to register a trademark is subject to Opposition by third parties. If a rights holder misses the opposition deadline and is unable to object to the registration of a mark is there any recourse against

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Posted : 25 April, 2018

Trade Mark Recordals


For a prospective owner of a Trade Mark the emphasis is usually on securing the registration of the mark.  However, once a trade mark has been registered it is also important to ensure that any changes affecting the registration are duly notified

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Posted : 23 March, 2018

Grounds for Refusal of a Trade Mark and Requests for Disclaimers – Nigeria


In Nigeria an application for the registration of a Trade Mark can be refused by the registrar on either Absolute or Relative Grounds. The Grounds for the refusal of a trade mark application are set out in Sections 11, 12 and 13 of the Trade Marks A

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Posted : 26 February, 2018

COPYRIGHT PROTECTION IN NIGERIA (II)


Previously, we discussed the framework for copyright protection in Nigeria. Firstly, it should be noted that, unlike Trademarks, Patents and Industrial Designs there is no centralised system of copyright protection. However, Section 14 of the Act

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Posted : 19 January, 2018

COPYRIGHT PROTECTION IN NIGERIA (I)


Copyright protection is afforded to certain “works” under S.1. of the Copyright Act, Nigeria. The term “work” includes literary, musical and artistic works, cinematograph films, sound recordings and broadcasts. Only if a “work” falls in

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Posted : 13 December, 2017

Protecting Software in Nigeria


In Nigeria, computer programs, whether in source or object code, are protected under copyright. Section 39 of the Nigerian Copyright Act 1988 defines a computer program as “a set of statements or instructions to be used directly or indirectly in a

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Posted : 15 September, 2017
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