General Information

  • Area: Approximately 924 000 km2
  • Population: 152.2 million
  • Capital: Abuja
  • Currency: Naira
  • GDP:  $ 369.8 billion (2010)
  • Domain name extension: .ng
  • Languages: English (official language)
  • Exports: Petroleum and petroleum products; cocoa; rubber
  • Imports:  Machinery; chemicals; transport equipment; manufactured goods; food and live animals

International / Regional conventions:

  • Berne Convention
  • Paris Convention
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty
  • Patent Law Treaty
  • Rome Convention
  • WIPO Convention

Trade Mark Information

International and Regional Arrangements:

Madrid Agreement:      No

Paris Union:                Yes

Types of Trade Marks:

Goods and services

Certification marks


The International Classification of Goods and Services (Nice Classification) is applied.

Filing Requirements:

Particulars of Applicant (name, address and nationality)

Simply signed Power of Attorney

Representation of the mark

List of goods and / or services

Certified copy of the priority document


The trade mark is registered 7 years from the filing date

Renewable every 14 years

Patent Information

International and Regional Arrangements:

Paris Convention:  Yes

PCT:  Yes (national phase deadline is 30 months from the priority date)



Filing Requirements:

Published PCT application or English specification, claims and abstract if non-PCT (required on day of filing)

Power of Attorney, simply signed (to be filed within 3 months of filing date)

Assignment of Invention (if not filed during the international phase) (to be filed within 3 months of filing date)

Certified priority document (if not lodged in the international phase) (no set deadline)

International Search Report and International Preliminary Report on Patentability (no set deadline)

Absolute novelty is required
Excess Fees:
As to form only
Term of Patent:
Payable annually in advance from the effective filing date but only due after grant of the patent