From Bolanle Olowu (partner, IPI Watch Services, Lagos) comes news that the following announcement was published on Thursday 2 June in Thisday:
"The Commercial Law Department of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry; the Intellectual property arm of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has launched its online registration portal, www.iponig.com for the registration of Trademarks, Patent and Designs and will commence online operations from 6th of June, 2011.Afro Leo has visited the site which, he is happy to report, looks pretty smart. He hopes that it will match both the expectations of the Ministry and the needs of the IP community.
The services will provide
i. Online search application
ii. Online registration of Trademarks, Patent and Design
iii. Online Payments for services
iv. Online Application for Certificates".