Country Name: Nigeria
NIGERIA: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS AND FILING REQUIREMENTS
The Department of Commercial Law under the Federal Ministry of Commerce & Industry (also known as Registry of Trademarks,Patents&Designs)is responsible for the registration and administration of Industrial Property Rights in Nigeria. There is a separate body for the administration copyright registrations known as Nigerian Copyrights Commission (NCC) and is located under Federal Ministry of Justice.
- Patents are valid for 20 years from date of filing of the application.
- Nigeria is party to PCT and Paris Convention.
- The non-extendable priority period to enter the national phase of a PCT application is 30 months from the earliest priority.
- Annuities are payable by payment of required official fees
- There is no substantive examination of patent applications under the current IP System in Nigeria.
- 1. Details of the applicant (Name, current address and legal status), Details of the inventor(s) (name, current address, nationality and profession).
- 2. Full specification i.e. description, claims, abstract, drawings (if available) in English.
- 3. Copy of International Publication in case of a PCT application.
- 4. Simple signed Power of Attorney signed by an authorized signatory on behalf of the applicant in English
- 5. Simple signed Deed of Assignment signed by all inventors of the application.
Item nos. 1, 2 & 3 are required on the day of filing. Items listed in point no. 4 & 5 can be submitted at a later date.