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October 19, 2014

NLIPW Trademarks Law Volume 2 Number 17

TM Watch No.17

(Telecommunication and Transportation in Nigeria)

October 20, 2014

Content:

This article is part of a series that highlights some of the marks advertised in the Trademarks, Patents and Designs Journal, Vol. 3 No. 1.  The Journal was published by the Trademarks, Patents and Designs Registry in Nigeria on December 31, 2013.  TM Watch No. 17 highlights some of the marks advertised in Classes 38 and 39.  Specifically, “Class 38:  In respect of telecommunication”, and “Class 39: In respect of transport, packaging, storage of goods and travel arrangements”.

Google Inc. Applies to Register “Loon” in Class 38 in Nigeria

LoonOn January 17, 2013, Google Inc. lodged an application to register “Loon” at the Trademarks, Patents, and Designs Registry in Abuja.  The application was filed under telecommunication services in Class 38.

Google has registered the trademark in several countries including the United States, Singapore and Mauritius, with a pending application in Australia.

It appears that Google is currently using the trademark “Loon” in connection with a project that aims to proved a practical way (using a large fleet of balloons) to provide a practical way for billions of people to get Internet access, especially in poor parts of the globe.

The status of the mark in Nigeria as of December 31, 2013, was accepted and approved for publication.

Virgin Enterprises Limited Applies to Register “Virgin” in Class 39 in Nigeria

Virgin in Class 39Virgin Enterprises Limited (Virgin) has lodged an application to register “Virgin” at the Trademarks, Patents and Designs Registry in Abuja.  The mark consists of the word “Virgin” in a stylized form.  The application was filed on May 21, 2007 and covers transportation, packaging, storage and travel arrangements in Class 39.

According to WIPO’s Global Brand Database, Virgin has also registered the mark in Class 39 in several countries including, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States.

The status of the mark in Nigeria as of December 31, 2013, was accepted and approved for publication.

Airtel Networks Limited Applies to Register “One Mic”, “Techie”, “Talk More”, “Smart Wallet” and “5 Extra” in Class 38 in Nigeria

airtelAirtel Networks Limited has lodged separate applications for the registration of the terms “One Mic”, “Techie”, “Talk More”, “Smart Wallet”, and “5 Extra”, at the Trademarks, Patents, and Designs Registry in Abuja.  The applications for “One Mic”, “Techie” and “5 Extra” were filed on May 14, 2013, while the applications for “Talk More” and “Smart Wallet” were filed on May 31, 2013.  All applications cover telecommunication services in Class 38.

The status of all the applications in Nigeria as of December 31, 2013, was accepted and approved for publication.

Federal Ministry of Communication Technology Applies to Register “Naijacloud.com.ng” in Class 38 in Nigeria

Naijacloud.com.ngOn March 4, 2013, Federal Ministry of Communication Technology lodged an application to register “Naijacloud.com.ng” at the Trademarks, Patents, and Designs Registry in Abuja.

A visit to the domain name “naijacloud.com.ng” shows that the mark is being used by the Ministry of Communication Technology in connection with a project aimed at creating job opportunities for the youth in Nigeria in order to reduce unemployment.

The status of the mark in Nigeria as of December 31, 2013, was accepted and approved for publication.

MTN Nigeria Applies to Register “MTN Talk Talk and Device” in Class 38 in Nigeria

MTN Talk TalkMTN Nigeria has lodged an application to register “MTN Talk Talk and device” at the Trademarks, Patents and Designs Registry in Abuja.  The mark consists of the MTN Logo in combination with wording “Talk Talk” in yellow and red to the right of the MTN logo.  The application was filed on July 15, 2011 and covers telecommunication services in Class 43.

MTN has also lodged an application to register the mark in Class 9 in Nigeria.  A Google search for the MTN Talk Talk suggests that it is used in connection with the provision of telephone services to customers in the rural  parts of the country and allows them to make local calls and send SMS at discounted rates.  The status of the mark in Nigeria as of December 31, 2013, was accepted and advertised for publication.

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