Overview of Nauru
Capital: Yaren District
Population: 10,167 (est. 2012)
Area: 21 km2
Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD)
Legal System: English common law
Protection of IP Rights in Nauru
Patent Registration and Protection in Nauru
- Types of Patent Applications Available in Nauru
A Nauruan patent application can be filed from an Australian, US or UK application or a granted Australian, US or UK patent (within three years of grant of that patent).
- Application Procedure
An application is published in the local government Gazette, and if no opposition is filed within three months, the patent is granted.
Once the Certificate of Registration has issued, the rights take effect from the date of the foreign patent relied upon and remain in force as long as that foreign patent is in force. However no patent will exceed a term of 16 years.
Trade Mark Registration and Protection in Nauru
Trade mark legislation has not been enacted in Nauru and it is therefore not possible to register a trade mark. The only way to claim and assert rights in a trade mark in Nauru is through common law and is based on use of the mark and the public awareness of the mark and the goods/services which it covers.
Publication of a cautionary notice in the local newspaper in Nauru is the most effective way to protect trade mark rights along with making genuine use of the mark in the jurisdiction.
We regularly arrange publication of our clients’ cautionary notices in Nauru and are able to prepare notices for clients should they wish to assert their trade mark rights in this jurisdiction.