In-house trade mark cancellation process

At a glance

Policy ID: 100

Status: On hold

Priority: Low

Trade marks

Issue summary

In Australia, there is a limited period for interested parties to oppose registration of a trade mark or to apply for its revocation. Once these time periods have expired, the only recourse for a party wishing to dispute the validity of a trade mark registration lies with court proceedings.

Under this issue, the Registrar could be given additional powers to hear trade mark disputes between parties later in the lifetime of a trade mark. This has the potential to offer faster and cheaper resolution of a dispute than court proceedings.


  • Policy development 8 August 2019
  • Status and priority reviewed August 2020


IP Australia is considering options.

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