Monday 13 October 2008

Darren Olivier

Nigerian Trade Marks Journal & BOPI update

"The Nigerian Trademarks Registry in a move to clear all back log of pending applications have published two trade mark journals within a couple of months of each other, namely 6th June, 2008 and 30th July, 2008. In times past the registry was only able to publish one every three years or at best, once a year. This change has primarily been achieved by the decision of the Registry to publish certain trade marks without the full information that in previous editions was required. This is to accommodate more publications in the journals. All the information left out in the publication will be included when the certificates are issued. Intellectual Property practitioners and brand owners have seen a great improvement in the activities of our registry and it is believed that this will continue." (Source: - kindly brought to Afro-IP's attention by Natalia Pereira).

Afro-Ip wonders what use the publication will be if information, like the specification of goods and services covered by the trade mark, is missing.

Thank you for the emails requesting the OAPI journal. Afro-IP has made enquiries on your behalf and will let you know the outcome shortly.

Darren Olivier

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13 October 2008 at 15:01 delete

It's all very well complaining that the last two Journals have been published without the specification of goods, but given that previous Journals included specifications which were almost always incorrect, does it matter? A class 5 mark would invariably be published with a specification of "pharmaceuticals" and class 9 specifications would generally read "electronics", regardless of what they were actually filed for, so publishing the Journal without the specifications makes no practical difference.