Documents of interest
Filing a trade mark application can generate a range of documents including:
- the application
- examination correspondence between the applicant and trade mark examiner
- reminder notices.
Availability of documents
Other people may be interested in seeing your documents. This might be because they are considering whether to oppose a trade mark or they are interested in information that will help them get their own trade mark application registered.
Most documents in relation to your trade mark application will be publicly available for a fee, as long as they do not contain confidential information.
Documents held in confidence
To protect confidential information, the Registrar will accept in confidence:
- documents that only contain evidence of trade mark use or proposed trade mark use
- declarations accompanying requests for extensions of time
- declarations accompanying requests for faster examination.
Documents and information not held in confidence
Documents not held in confidence include:
- applications for registration
- responses to examination reports
- assignment documents
- notice of intention to oppose
- statement of grounds and particulars
- applications for expedited examination
- applications for extensions of time.
Information that will not be held in confidence includes:
- names and addresses of trade mark applicants
- names and business addresses of declarants
- details of a declarant's office or position, or length of service within an organisation
- declarant's signature
- details of witnesses to a declaration
- examples of past marketing activities that have been made publicly known (e.g. newspaper or internet advertisements)
- the year or years in which goods and/or services were sold or advertised under the trade mark.
Claims that information in these documents is confidential will not be accepted or acknowledged by the registrar.