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Capital: Nuku’alofa

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.

Filing Requirements




  • Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property
  • Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works

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