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Intellectual property in Nigeria

Intellectual Property

National Organisations
The Trademarks, Patents And Designs Registry under the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade & Investment (FMITI) is the regulatory body with regards to intellectual property.
Regional Organisations
International Membership
Member of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)
Signatory to the Paris Convention For the Protection of Intellectual Property

National Regulation and International Agreements

Type of property and law Validity International Agreements Signed
Patents and Designs Act
Patents and Designs Act, 20 years Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)
Trade Marks Act
The registration of a trademark is valid for seven years and begins on the date of registration. The trademark registration is renewable in periods of 14 years. Trademark Law Treaty
Patents and Designs Act
20 years  
Copyright Act
Films and photographs: 50 years following the end of the year of publication of the work.
Sound recordings: 50 years 
following the end of the year of registration.
Broadcasts: 50 years
following the end of the first broadcast.
Berne convention For the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works
Rome ConventionFor the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations
Industrial Models
Patents and Designs Act
20 years  

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