We have been advised that as a result of civil unrest in Tonga, the Ministry of Commerce, which houses the Trade Marks Registry, has been completely destroyed by fire. All files were lost in the fire, and substantial delays can be expected in respect of all trade marks for the foreseeable future.

The Registry is still operating on a skeleton staff in temporary premises, so new applications, and renewals of existing cases, can be accepted. Reconstituting the Registry's files will take some time, but we can assure all of our clients with existing cases that their files have already been sent to the Registry's temporary offices.

Further information will be posted on this website as and when it is received.