Adams & Adams’ Associate Office in Lagos, Nigeria, has advised of two significant events that will result in the temporary closure of the Trade Marks Registry in that country.
In the first instance, the Nigerian Labour Congress declared a nationwide strike in Nigeria from 27 September 2018. All government offices, including the Trade Marks Registry, will be closed for the duration of the strike action. The online payment platform for government revenue, Remita, will also be closed, meaning payment of trade mark, patent and design applications will be disrupted. The duration of the strike is unknown at this stage.
Secondly, the Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Monday 1 October 2018 a public holiday, in celebration of Nigeria’s Independence. The Trade mark, Patent and Design Registry, as well as other government offices, will also be closed on this day.
We will continue to communicate with our Associate Office and provide updates. For further queries regarding the prosecution and enforcement of IP rights in Nigeria, please e-mail Nigeria@adams.africa