Registering a trademark in Brunei involves conducting a preliminary search, filing an application, undergoing examination by BruIPO, and waiting for the publication and potential opposition period. If successful, the registration of your trademark will grant you exclusive rights to use it in Brunei for 10 years, renewable indefinitely. By following this guide and using the resources provided, you can take the necessary steps to protect your brand in Brunei. Ensure to adhere to the requirements and guidelines for a smooth registration process.
The first step is to conduct a preliminary search to ensure that your proposed trademark is not similar or identical to an existing one. The Brunei Intellectual Property Office (BruIPO) provides a database for this purpose. You can access the database at this link: https://www.bruipo.gov.bn
If the search does not reveal any conflicting trademarks, the next step is to file an application with BruIPO. The application must include a clear representation of the trademark and a list of goods or services to be covered by the trademark.
After receiving the application, BruIPO will examine it to ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Trademark Law. BruIPO will also determine whether the trademark can be registered or if it infringes upon any existing trademarks.
Once the application passes the examination, BruIPO will publish the application in the Brunei Government Gazette. This is to give third parties the opportunity to oppose the registration of the trademark. The opposition period lasts for 3 months from the date of publication.
If no opposition is filed, or if any opposition is resolved in favour of the applicant, BruIPO will proceed with the registration of the trademark. The applicant will then receive a certificate of registration.
The official fee for filing a trademark application is approximately BND 255 (as of 2023). If the application is successful, there is an additional fee for the issuance of the registration certificate. Please note that these fees are subject to change and it's recommended to check the latest fees on the BruIPO website.
The entire process, from application to registration, usually takes between 9 to 12 months, provided that there are no objections or oppositions.
Brunei Intellectual Property Office (BruIPO): https://www.bruipo.gov.bn