Trademark renewal in Nigeria. After registration, a registered trademark is in force for 7 years. After the 7-year period, the owner of the trademark can opt to keep the trademark active by paying the appropriate renewal fees. Trademark renewal in Nigeria can be done every 14 years from the date of filing, indefinitely so long as the trademark continues to be used as a trademark in Nigeria.
Renewal of a trademark registration in Nigeria can be conducted as early as 12 months before the renewal due date. You can still renew up to six months past the trademark renewal date in Nigeria. However, additional fees for extension will be added to the renewal fees. AAED attorneys help prevent any additional fees being incurred or lapsing of the registration by sending you timely reminders before renewal is due.
Consequences of non-renewal of a trademark in Nigeria
Failure to renew a trademark by the expiry date means that the trademark will lose any rights and will be labeled lapsed. However, registration can be renewed within a six-month period after the renewal date. When this period has elapsed, the trademark may be deleted from the Nigerian Trade Marks Register. Unless you can successfully get an extension of time, you may need to lodge a new application for the trademark. Your trademark attorney can advise you of your options should you miss a renewal deadline.
If your business has been actively gaining goodwill associated with the trademark, a lapsed trademark opens up a window for opportunistic trademark filings by any competitors for a similar or identical trademark in respect of the same goods and classes. Therefore, it is in your best interest to stay informed of the important dates in your trademark’s timeline and to keep your registration up to date.
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Trademark Renewal in Nigeria