Free Service – International Trade Mark Registrations Designating Australia

For those of you managing international trade marks, you may have noticed that in the last few months the Australian Office has begun including the following sentence with their Statements of Grant of Protection:

 

Please note that as required under the Australian Trade Mark Regulations 1995 you are required to notify the Registrar, in writing, of your address for service in Australia or New Zealand

 

This is the case even where applications have proceeded straight to protection.

There has long been a provision in the Australian Trade Mark Regulations to this effect; however, the Office has only recently been notifying holders of this provision. The regulations do not impose any penalties for failing to notify the Office of a local agent; nevertheless, this is a requirement under the regulations to the Australian Trade Marks Act.

Shelston IP would be happy to enter our firm as the local address for service for any international designations, free of charge.

If this is of interest to you, please feel free to contact us.

This article was written by Kasumi Champion, Trade Mark Assistant to Principal, Sean McManis at Shelston IP