Trade Mark Protection in Pacific Island Nations

Obtaining trade mark protection in some of Australia’s closest neighbours can be less than straight forward.

It’s a strange fact that the only way to protect your trade mark in many Pacific island nations is to register your trade mark somewhere else.  The table at the bottom of this post sets out options for a number of Pacific Island Nations.

For example, it’s not possible to register your trade mark in the Soloman Islands if you first have not registered your trade mark in the United Kingdom. Similarly, Fiji trade mark law makes provision for “re-registration” of a registered United Kingdom trade mark.

It’s not possible at all to register your trade mark in New Caledonia. Rather, registering your trade mark in France will give you rights that automatically extend to places like New Caledonia and French Polynesia.

Similarly, if you’re looking to provide your goods or services in Guam, you’ll need to look at registering your trade mark in the United States of America. The rights provided by a United States trade mark registration automatically extend to Guam.

Some countries have no trade mark legislation at all. In such cases, the best approach to alert the public that you consider your trade mark to be your valuable intellectual property is by the publication of Cautionary Notices.

Cautionary Notices, essentially print media advertisements alerting the public to your intellectual property ownership, are usually published at regular intervals in newspapers that have a national circulation.

Geraldine at Michael Buck IP is able to give you idea of costs and processes associated with protecting your trade mark in any of the countries contained in the table.

Please contact Geraldine on [email protected] or (07) 3369 2226 for further information.

 

 

Country

 

 

National Trade Mark Application Process

 

 

Re-registration Trade Mark Protection Process

 

Other Trade Mark Protection Process

 

No Trade Mark Protection Process*

 

 

 American Samoa       Registration of a trade mark in the United States will extend to American Samoa   
 Brunei   Yes       
 Cook Islands          Yes
 East Timor         Yes
 Fiji   Yes  United Kingdom       
 French Polynesia        Registration of a trade mark in France will extend to French Polynesia   
 Guam       Registration of a trade mark in the United States will extend to Guam         

 

 Kiribati     United Kingdom        
 Marshall Islands          Yes
 Micronesia        Yes 
 Myanmar (Burma)       Declarations of Ownership must be filed       
 Nauru         Yes
 New Caledonia         Registration of a trade mark in France will extend to New Caledonia   
 Niue         Yes
 Norfolk Island       Registration of a trade mark in Australia will extend to Norfolk Island   
 Northern Mariana Islands       Registration of a trade mark in the United States will extend to the Northern Mariana Islands         

 

 

 

 

 

 Palau         Yes
 Papua New Guinea  Yes         
 Pitcairn Island         Yes
 Samoa   Yes           
 Solomon Islands     United Kingdom    
 Tonga   Yes      
 Tuvalu     United Kingdom     
 Vanuatu   Yes      
 Wallis and Futuna       Registration of a trade mark in France will extend to Wallis and Futuna   

 

* We recommend the use of Cautionary Notices where trade mark protection cannot be obtained by either a national trade mark application or a re-registration process.

 



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