Pacific Island Trade Mark Protection

Pacific Island Trade Mark Protection

Davies Collison Cave has been prosecuting trade mark matters throughout the Pacific Island Countries for over 60 years. Protection of brands in the Pacific Island Countries is important for businesses with a presence in the region.

Over this time, DCC’s Trade Mark Group has built excellent relationships with Intellectual Property Offices and Attorneys throughout the region.  It is those relationships which allow us to assist our clients in securing effective protection for their trade marks throughout the Pacific Island countries.

There is considerable divergence in the approach to protection of trade mark rights throughout the Pacific Island Countries.  Some countries operate independent Trade Mark Registers, several only allow re-registration of marks previously registered in other jurisdictions and other countries have no provision for registration of marks.  Where registration is not possible, rights may be enforceable under the common law tort of passing off and regular publication of Cautionary Notices are an important step in notifying the public of a party’s claim to a trade mark at common law.

DCC has now released the third edition of its Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Island Trade Mark Wheel, which provides brief information on the trade mark filing requirements in the countries in which it trades.  To receive the latest version of our TM Wheel please click here

We are happy to answer any queries in relation to protection of trade marks in the Pacific Island Countries.