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What are the costs of a trademark registration in Brunei?
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How do you get a trademark registration in Brunei?
In Brunei, officially called the State of Brunei Darussalam, the rights to a trademark are granted to the person or company that first uses it in this territory. Although registering a brand name in this state is not mandatory, it is strongly recommended to clarify ownership in this way and to better defend against infringement thereof. It is not necessary to have it in use to register a trademark in Brunei. However, it cannot be denied that prior use significantly reduces the risk of rejection.
De BruIPO: de Brunei Intellectual Property Office
The State of Brunei Darussalam has done a lot in recent years to better protect intellectual rights. Applicable standards are actively enforced. If you want to register a trademark in Brunei, you can turn to the BruIPO, the Brunei Intellectual Property Office. Besides the registration of trademarks, the organization is also responsible for the registration of patents and industrial designs, as well as for the protection of cultivated plant varieties.
Registering different brand elements separately
If you want to register a brand name in Brunei, or the State of Brunei Darussalam, it can consist of one or more elements. The applications submitted most often concern word elements, figurative elements (logos) or a combination of both. In the latter case, the right that you acquire to a trademark always concerns the exact combination of words and logo. If you want to be able to use these separately, it is recommended to register them separately.
If you do not do this, there is a chance that a third party can use this word mark or logo. In the vast majority of cases there is nothing you can do about this, unless it concerns an entrepreneur who wants to market the same or very similar products or services under this brand. If so, you can object on the basis of confusing resemblance.
How does the trademark application process in Brunei work?
If you want to apply for the rights to a trademark in Brunei, you go through various steps that look the same for each application. The first step is to submit your application. You use specific forms for this, which are available at BruIPO. You must also immediately transfer the corresponding fee. Upon receipt, the office will start with the formal assessment in accordance with the applicable laws. If your application has been approved, a TM27 form (Notification of Publication) can be issued. You pay a separate fee for this.
Once you have paid this amount, your registration request will be published in the Trade Mark Journal. There will be an opposition period of three months, during which parties may object to the granting of the exclusive rights to your trademark. If no one objects, the registration will be officially published in the same journal. Your trademark registration is then a fact.
What can you not register as a trademark in Brunei?
If you want to register a trademark in Brunei, you should take into account that not everything can be registered as a trademark. Absolute grounds for rejection include:
- The use of the geographical origin of the product
- A brand name that describes the purpose for which a product or service is used
- The use of only words that are included in general everyday language use
- A brand that goes against public policy or prevailing morals
What is the duration of the validity of your trademark in Brunei?
Did you manage to register your trademark in Brunei? The exclusive rights you have obtained with this are valid for ten years. This period starts on the date of application. You can renew the registration indefinitely and do this for a period of ten years each time. You can submit an application for extension six months before the end date of the current term. There is a grace period up to six months after the end date. Extension is still possible, but only if you pay a higher fee for this.
The risk of deletion due to inactivity
Although it is not necessary to already actively use a product or service when you register its trademark in Brunei, it is important not to leave your trademark unused after registration. If you do not use it during the first five years after registration, there is a chance that your trademark may be canceled due to inactivity. To avoid this, use of your brand only needs to be minimal.
Essential: the trademark search
If you want to register a trademark in Brunei, it is highly recommended to perform a proper trademark search before submitting the application. This means that you consult databases to find out whether your intended brand or an element thereof is already in use. You can use the Brunei IP Search Portal for this, which contains all trademarks registered in Brunei. The ASEAN TMview is an online platform in which data on trademarks registered in various Asian countries can be found. Finally, you can also consult the Global Brand Database.