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Patents and Designs Act 🇳🇬


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Patents and Designs Act

  • Published in Official Gazette supplement no. 70 on 31 December 1970
  • Commenced on 1 December 1971 by Legal Notice 53 of 1971
  • [Up to date as at 31 December 2002]
An Act to make comprehensive provisions for the registration and proprietorship of patents and designs in Nigeria and other matters ancillary thereto.[1970 No. 60. L.N. 53 of 1971]

Patents

1. Patentable inventions

(1)Subject to this section, an invention is patentable--(a)if it is new, results from inventive activity and is capable of industrial application; or(b)if it constitutes an improvement upon a patented invention and also is new, results from inventive activity and is capable of industrial application.
(2)For the purposes of subsection (1) of this section—(a)an invention is new if it does not form part of the state of the art;(b)an invention results from inventive activity if it does not obviously follow from the state of the art, either as to the method, the application, the combination of methods, or t…

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