The (new) Industrial Property Act 1994 came into force on 1st February 2000. The new law provides for:

Trade Marks

·         Multi (international) class applications, covering goods and/or services

·         Convention Priority claims

·         A local examination procedure

·         Opposition procedure

·         10 year term, renewable for like periods

To maintain the validity of trade marks already protected in Tonga under the now repealed (old) law - United Kingdom Trade Mark Registration Act 1939 - they must be "re-registered" within 12 months of the coming into force of the new Act, and they will retain the same filing date/priority date as under the 1939 Act. The deadline for re-registering existing trade mark rights is therefore 1st February 2001.

We are currently in the process of contacting our many clients with existing trade mark rights in Tonga, providing them with a list of the marks and full details for each case.

Patents and Designs

Patents and Designs are now able to be protected in Tonga, and we are analysing the new law at present and will publish news on this site in due course.

Please contact us if you require more details about the new law in Tonga and our charges for conducting work there.