Population: 11,000 (est. 2012)
Languages: Tuvaluan, English
Area: 26 km2
Currency: United States Dollar (USD)
Legal System: Based on English Common law
Protection of IP Rights in Tuvalu
Tuvalu is a very small country in the South Pacific and does not have its own independent registration system. Tuvaluan applications are based on a corresponding UK registration.
Registration and Protection of Patents
The owner of a UK patent (including an EP (UK) patent) can apply for registration of the UK patent in Tuvalu within three years of the date of grant of the UK patent.
Registration and Protection of Trade Marks
Trade mark registration must be based on the corresponding United Kingdom registration which is simply re-registered in this jurisdiction. Multi-class applications are permitted.
Although trade mark legislation in Tuvalu does not provide for registration of service marks, the Registrar will register them if they are covered in the corresponding UK registration. As such, it is possible to register service marks, although they are not necessarily enforceable.