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5 Things to Know About Protecting a Trade Mark
There are several steps you should remember to undertake to ensure your trade mark remains protected.
Let People Know
Once your trade mark has been approved, use the ® symbol in all your material. This will reduce the chance of competitors copying or imitating your logo or business name.
Proposed trade marks are published in the Australian Official Journal of Trade Marks. Check the journal regularly to identify applications that may infringe on your trade mark. You can lodge a formal opposition if they do.
Use Your Trade Mark
If a trade mark is unused for three or more years, a third party might ask IP Australia to remove your mark. If this occurs, you will need to oppose their application to prevent removal from going ahead.
Extend Your Trade Mark
Trade mark registrations are initially valid for 10 years. If you want to keep your trade mark registration, make sure you know when it is due to expire and renew it in a timely manner.
Expand Your Trade Mark
Over time, your business activities may change or expand, so your trade mark registration may not provide you with sufficient protection. To address this, consider expanding the classes for which you are currently protected.