Registering a trademark in Papua New Guinea is a process that involves conducting a preliminary search, filing an application, undergoing an examination by the IPOPNG, and waiting for the publication and potential opposition period. If successful, the registration of your trademark will give you exclusive rights to use it in Papua New Guinea 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 Papua New Guinea. Make sure to adhere to the requirements and guidelines to ensure a smooth registration process.
Step 1: Preliminary Search
The first step in the process is to conduct a preliminary search to ensure that your proposed trademark is not similar or identical to an existing one. The Intellectual Property Office of Papua New Guinea (IPOPNG) does not provide an online database for the search, so it's advisable to hire a local agent or attorney to conduct this search.
Step 2: Application
If the search does not reveal any conflicting trademarks, the next step is to file an application with the IPOPNG. The application must include a clear representation of the trademark, a list of goods or services to be covered by the trademark, and a power of attorney if you're using a local agent.
Step 3: Examination by IPOPNG
After receiving the application, the IPOPNG will examine it to ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Trademark Law. The IPOPNG will also determine whether the trademark can be registered or if it infringes upon any existing trademarks.
Step 4: Publication
Once the application passes the examination, the IPOPNG will publish the application in the Official Journal. This is to give third parties the opportunity to oppose the registration of the trademark. The opposition period lasts for three months from the date of publication.
Step 5: Registration
If no opposition is filed, or if any opposition is resolved in favor of the applicant, the IPOPNG 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 PGK 300 (as of 2021). 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 IPOPNG website or by contacting the office directly.
The entire process, from application to registration, usually takes between 12 to 24 months, provided that there are no objections or oppositions.
Intellectual Property Office of Papua New Guinea (IPOPNG): http://www.ipopng.gov.pg/