Nigeria: one registry to become three?

News from one of Africa’s largest economies, Nigeria, is that the Registry of Trade Marks, Patents and Designs is to be split into three separate registries. There is some doubt as to whether it is legally possible to create separate registries for patents and designs, as the two fields are covered by a single piece of legislation, the Patents and Designs Act, Cap 344 of 1990. No such issue arises with trade marks, as there is specific trade mark legislation, the Trade Marks Act, Cap 436 of 1990.

We understand that the current Registrar will be deployed to a different government department.

We are monitoring the situation and will provide a further update as the situation evolves.

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Date published: 13 December
Author: Spoor & Fisher

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