1. Do I need a trade mark?
It's a good idea if you want to protect your brand and logo whilst distinguishing your goods and services from others.
2. Choose your Trade Mark
Think carefully. A distinctive trade mark sets you apart and may be easier to register.
3. List your goods and services
This includes things that customers pay you for now, plus any goods and services you may offer in the near future.
4. Search existing trade marks
It's hard to register one that is similar to existing trade marks.
You can search the trade marks database (ATMOSS) to see what other trade marks have already been registered.
5. Gather your information
You'll need a copy of your trade mark, a list of your goods and services, personal details and a credit card
6. Register for eServices
Set up your online account with eServices to apply and keep track of your trade mark. It's convenient, secure and accessible at any time.
7. Choose your application type:
TM Headstart Application
TM Headstart can be faster and offers extra support.
Standard is cheaper and gives you a priority date immediately, however it may take longer.
8. Submit your application
You will need to pay an application fee when you lodge your application.
8a. Get a review with a TM Headstart application
If this identifies any potential problems with your application, you can make changes before submitting your final application, although additional fees may apply.
8b. Payment (part two)
Pay the second part of the fee to submit and convert your application to a standard.
9. Learn the outcome
You will either receive a notice of acceptance or an adverse examination report. If you receive and adverse report you may have options to resolve the issues. You'll need to pay your registration fee if you get an acceptance notice.
10. Use your IP
As long as no one opposes your trade mark it will be registered and you can use it with confidence.