Minimum filing requirements in Australia and New Zealand – Trade Marks

The following are required in order to file a trade mark application claiming Convention priority in Australia:

  • A clear representation of the trade mark
  • The classes of goods/services in respect of which it is sought to register the trade mark
  • Applicant’s full name and address
  • Details of the priority application (number, filing date and country of filing) – if absolutely necessary, this information can be provided 2 days after filing the Australian application

Please note that the applicant does not need to sign any documents (e.g. powers of attorney, etc.) and it is only necessary to lodge a copy of the priority document(s) (and a verified translation, if the documents are not in English) at the Australian Trade Marks Office if this is requested.

The following are required in order to file a trade mark application claiming Convention priority in New Zealand:

  • A clear representation of the trade mark
  • The goods and services for which registration is required (if necessary the class or classes in which registration is required can be indicated later)
  • Applicant’s name and address
  • Details of the priority application (filing date, country and goods & services) – if absolutely necessary, this information can be provided 2 days after filing the NZ application

It is only necessary to lodge a copy of the priority document(s) at the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand if this is specifically requested.