Population: 104,000 (est. 2012)
Languages: Tongan, English
Area: 748 km2
Currency: Pa’anga (TOP)
Legal System: Based on English Common law
Protection of IP Rights In Tonga
The Kingdom of Tonga has its own independent registration system for patents and trade marks.
Registration and Protection of Patents
Two types of patent applications can be sought in Tonga. Those being standard Tongan applications and utility model applications, each whether or not claiming Paris Convention priority.
Registration and Protection of Trade Marks
Tonga has its own independent registration system. Multi-class applications are permitted and it is possible to register both goods and service marks. For Tongan registrations, Spruson & Ferguson engages with a local agent that we know and trust.
- Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property
- Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works