Industrial Designs

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FAQs About Filing Industrial Designs In Nigeria

It constitutes of the ornamental or aesthetic aspect of an article or product.
Anyone that creates an industrial design that is new and is not contrary to public order and morality.
It covers shapes Configurations, patterns, ornament, colors and lines
It grants the owner exclusive rights to the design. It prevents the design from being copied and imitated by competitors.
An industrial design is new if it has not been made available to the public before an application for registration is filed at the registry. An industrial design would not be deemed to have been made available to the public, in the following instances: If the applicant can show to the satisfaction of the Registrar of Patents and Designs that the creator of the design could not have known that it had been made available to the public before the date of the application. Where the creator had exhibited the design in an official or officially recognized exhibition within the period of six months preceding the filing of the application for registration.
They include: A request for registration of the design; Applicant’s full name and address and, if that address is outside Nigeria, an address for service in Nigeria; A specimen of the design or a photographic or graphic representation of the design with any printing block or other means of reproduction from which the representation was derived; An indication of the kind of product (or, where a classification has been prescribed, the class of product) for which the design will be used; and Payment of the prescribed fee Where the true creator is not the person who filed the application, a declaration signed by the true creator requesting that his name be included in the Register of designs. A signed power of attorney if it is filed by an agent.
Registration of an industrial design grants the right to reproduce the design in the manufacture of a product, Importing, selling or utilizing for commercial purposes, and holding such product for the purpose of Importing, selling or utilizing for commercial purposes.

The right to a registered design lasts for the period of 15 years but must be renewed every 5 years.

Registration process takes about two months.
Industrial Design is not categorized under classes but it is categorized under: TEXTILE and NON- TEXTILE
Search takes about 3 days and it costs NGN 3000.

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