Registering a trademark in Australia is a vital step in protecting your brand and intellectual property. By following this step-by-step guide and working with IP Australia, you can successfully navigate the trademark registration process in Australia. Keep in mind that the overall process, including examination, publication, and potential opposition, can take up to 7-8 months or more, so it's essential to plan accordingly.
Before registering a trademark in Australia, it is recommended to conduct a preliminary search to check if the desired trademark is available or if there are any similar trademarks that may cause confusion. IP Australia manages the Australian trademark database, and you can perform a search on their official website:
Once you have ensured that your desired trademark is available, you need to prepare the application. The application should include the following information:
Submit the trademark application to IP Australia either online through their eServices portal or by mail:
Online Application: https://www.ipaustralia.gov.au/eservices Postal Address: PO Box 200, Woden ACT 2606, Australia
After submission, IP Australia will examine the application for compliance with formal requirements and conduct a search to identify any potential conflicts with previously registered trademarks. This examination process generally takes around three to four months. If IP Australia identifies any issues, they will notify the applicant, who will have the opportunity to address the concerns.
If the application meets all requirements, IP Australia will publish the trademark application in the Australian Official Journal of Trade Marks, which is accessible on their website. This publication initiates a two-month opposition period during which third parties can file an opposition against the registration of the trademark.
If no oppositions are filed or if they are resolved in favor of the applicant, IP Australia will proceed to register the trademark. The applicant will be required to pay the registration fee before the trademark is registered. Once the fee is paid, IP Australia will issue a registration certificate, and the trademark will be valid for ten years from the filing date.
Trademarks in Australia can be renewed indefinitely for ten-year periods. To renew a trademark, the owner must file a renewal application with IP Australia and pay the required fees before the expiration date.