Last updated: 
21 March 2016

It usually takes three to four months to examine your trade mark application once it has been submitted.

We will notify you in writing if your trade mark application is accepted. Your trade mark will then be advertised as 'accepted' for a period of two months, after which it will be registered.

If you get an adverse examination report, you have 15 months from the date of the report to get your application accepted. This means you have 15 months to respond and have the examiner consider your response/s. This could result in acceptance of the application.

However, if matters remain outstanding, you may receive another adverse report. It is in your interests to submit any response as early as possible to allow enough time to meet the requirements.

If your application lapses for failing to respond to the report in the 15-month period, you can apply for an extension of time under section 224 of the Trade Marks Act 1995 to have your application reinstated. There are fees for applying for an extension of time.