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Industrial design in Nigeria

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  • Design fees

Fees associated with filing an industrial design application in Nigeria as well as other design fees are available in the fee calculator.

  • Multiple design applications

Multiple design applications are not possible in Nigeria.

  • Filing requirements of a design application in Nigeria

The official language of the Nigerian design application is English. All application documents must be translated into English at the time of filing.

For obtainment of the date of filing the design application should contain:
- a request for registration of the design;
- applicant’s details;
- drawings or graphic representations of the design;
- an indication of the kind of product for which the design will be used;
- proof of payment of the prescribed fee.

A physical sample of a product may be required depending on the size.

The legalization or notarization of the Power of Attorney is not required. The original thereof should be submitted upon filing of the application.

If convention priority is claimed, a certified copy of the Priority Document must be filed within three months from the filing date of the Nigerian application, with a sworn translation thereof if not in English. The application will not be accepted for consideration until the Priority Document is received by the Patent Office.

The term for filing an industrial design application claiming conventional priority in Nigeria is 6 months from the priority date.

  • Examination of a design application in Nigeria

The design applications undergo the formal examination only.

  • Novelty grace period

The novelty of the design shall not be disproved in case the designer has made available the design to the public within 6 months before the filing date at an official or officially recognized exhibition.

  • Grant, validity term and design renewal fees

No grant fee is stipulated. The validity term of a design registration in Nigeria is 5 years from the date of filing of the application, twice renewable for further consecutive periods of five years each, for a total term of 15 years. The renewal fee must be paid within twelve months prior to the expiration of the design or during the 6-month grace period with payment of a surcharge.

  • Duration of registration procedure

Average time from filing up to registration of a design in Nigeria is 4-7 months in case of a smooth procedure.

  • Representation by a patent attorney

Foreign applicants must perform design prosecution through a registered Nigerian Patent Attorney.

Brief summary is based on the information provided by Hectagon and Shields Solicitors on 09.02.2024
Please contact us if the above information is not in conformity with Nigerian IP Laws