Trademarks: Australia

General Information

International Agreements : Madrid Agreement & Protocol, Trademark Law Treaty, WIPO, Paris Convention and TRIPS.

Classification : Nice Classification (8th Edition) (Classes 1-45) –  Multi-Class Filing

Priority under Paris Convention : Yes
Examination : Yes
Publication : Yes – in the Official Journal of Trademark
Opposition : Yes – within 3 months as of Publication Date

Time Frame for Registration : 7 months for smooth applications and 1-3 years if 
application encounters rejections (depending on complexity).

Registration Term : 10 Years
Renewal Term : 10 Years
Grace Period for Renewals : 12 months with payment of additional fees.

Use Requirement for filing : None – the Applicant must use, or intend to use, the  marks in relation to the goods or services included in the application. No proof of use is required for renewal of registrations.

Cancellation : Yes – if the marks has not been used by the Applicant (or on behalf of the applicant) for a period of 3 years (within the first 5 years from filing date).

Marking Requirements : Optional

Assignments - Must Assignments be recorded ? No
Can pending applications be Assigned ? Yes

Licenses - Must Licenses be recorded ? No
Can pending application be Licensed ? Yes

Filing Requirements

Trademark/Service Mark Requirements

  1. Name & Address of Applicant.
  2. Details of the mark, class(es) and Goods/Services.
  3. Clear prints of the mark (8 copies for color marks)
  4. Full details of the Priority application – If claiming priority.

Renewal of Trademark/Service Mark Requirements

  1. No documents required.

License Recordal Requirements

The person claiming the interest must apply with the registered owner to the registrar to have the particulars of the claim recorded on the register.

Change of Name/Address Requirements

  1. Authorization from registered proprietor.
  2. Details of new name and/or address.
  3. No documents are required.


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