Are business methods patentable in Nigeria?


Tiwalola Okeyinka

In Nigeria, intellectual property rights (IPR) are governed by the Trade Marks Act, the Patents and Designs Act and the Copyright Act.

The trademarks, patents and designs laws are currently implemented by the Trademarks, Patents and Designs Registry under the Federal Ministry of Commerce.

The body responsible for the implementation of the Copyright Act is the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), which is under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Justice.

Over the years, applications for IPR in Nigeria have been fraught with difficulties, such as missing documents and files and duplication of registration. However, the Nigerian Trademarks, Patents and Designs Registry is in the process of setting up its official website which will make provision for digital registration, hence minimising the challenges faced during registration.

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