Review of the relationship between trade marks and business names, company names and domain names

Review commenced: 02/01/2004
Duration of review: 2004-2006

The Australian Government asked ACIP to examine and report on the relationship between trade marks and business names, company names and domain names as a result of concerns raised about the confusion created by these identifiers.

ACIP released an Issues Paper in January 2004. ACIP also commissioned market research to test the level of understanding by the business community of the legal standing of business names. The Australian Government released ACIP's Final Report on 13 April 2006.

The Australian Government did not issue a response to ACIP's report. Rather, on 3 July 2008, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) approved the establishment of a national business name registration system as part of CAOG's reform agenda to deliver a Seamless National Economy. This registration system is scheduled to commence operation in mid-2012 and addresses a majority of ACIP's recommendations.

Related Documents

Issues Paper - Review of the relationship between trade marks and business names, company names and domain names

Final Report

Final Report PDF in PDF format [370.11 KB]
Last updated: 
21 April 2016