NIGERIA

Patent Information

International Arrangements:

  • Paris Convention:  Yes
  • PCT:  Yes (national phase deadline is 30 months from the priority date)
  • ARIPO:  No
  • OAPI:  No

Filing Requirements:

  • Published PCT application or English specification, abstract and drawings if non-PCT (required on the day of filing)
  • Power of Attorney, simply signed (to be filed within 3 months of the filing date)
  • Assignment of Invention (if not filed during the international phase) (to be filed within 3 months of the filing date)
  • International Search Report and International Preliminary Report on Patentability (no set deadline)
  • Priority document, if not lodged in the international phase (no set deadline)

Novelty:                  Absolute novelty is required

Excess Fees:          None

Examination:          As to form only

Term of Patent:      20 years from the effective filing date

Renewal:                Payable annually in advance after grant of the patent

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
  • WTO/TRIPS