In this article we are going to answer the most frequently asked questions about Patents in Nigeria:
1. Is Nigeria a member of the PCT?
Yes. Nigeria is a member of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).
The deadline to enter Nigerian National Phase is of 30 months counted from the earliest priority date.
2. How is the examination process?
In Nigeria, applications are subject only to formal examination.
Thus, there is no examination for either novelty or inventive activity.
Thereupon, if the formal requirements for filing the application are satisfied, a patent will be granted.
3. What is the duration of protection?
Patent is valid for 20 years counted from the application date, subject to the payment of annuities.
4. When should annuities be paid?
Annuities are due every year on the anniversary of the filing date, starting on the date of the application.
There is a grace period of 6 months to pay the annuity after its due date.
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