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Kiribati (KI)

Dec 02, 2021 (Newsletter Issue 17/21 )
Accession to Paris Convention
WIPO notifies the accession of Kiribati to the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property of March 20, 1883, as revised at Stockholm on July 14, 1967, and as amended on September 28, 1979 (Paris Convention).

The Paris Convention will enter into force, with respect to the Republic of Kiribati, on February 5, 2022.


Legal basis is the Registration of United Kingdom Trade Marks Ordinance [Cap 88] in force since August 22, 1939. However, new trademark legislation (Trade Marks Act 2019) has been passed on August 20, 2019, and the Attorney General is in the process of drafting Regulations. The re-registration of UK trademark registrations will continue until the new Trade Mark Act is fully implemented.
Is not a member of the European Union. Member of Paris Convention.
Trademark protection is obtained by registration.
Nice classification, 11th edition.
Registrable as a trademark are all distinctive and graphically representable signs, such as words, names, acronyms, letters, numbers, devices, colours, colour combinations, the three-dimensional form of a good or its packaging, and any combination of the mentioned signs.
The following trademark types are registrable: trademarks, service marks and collective marks. The law makes no express provision for service marks but they are accepted in practice.
The application is filed at the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives.
Multiple-class applications are not possible.
An application can include goods or services in one class.
Foreign applicants do not need a local agent.
A power of attorney signed by the applicant or authorised person and a certified copy of the basic UK registration are necessary.
Foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration.
A trade mark application must be based on a national UK registration certificate issued by the United Kingdom Comptroller-General. Once an application is lodged, the Registrar is required to enter the particulars of the application in the Trade Marks Register and issue the applicant with a registration certificate. There is no requirement for publication or opposition.
The approximate time frame for completing the registration process of a trademark in Kiribati is from 12-18 months at the most depending upon confirmation by the Ministry of Finance on payment of filing fees.
There is no opposition period. Applications are to be registered as of right without publication or opposition.
Protection begins from the date of registration of the corresponding United Kingdom trade mark. A trade mark registration is valid for the duration of the corresponding UK registration in respect of the goods or services which the trade is registered in Kiribati.

Practical details on grace periods for trademark renewals are available in our publication here
The official application fee is AUD 100.00 for one class and AUD 100.00 for each additional class. The registration fee is included in the official application fee.

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Online you can see a limited part of information about this country.
More in-depth details are available for the following aspects:

     General Trademark Regulations
     Grace Period for Trademark Renewal

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SMD Group thanks the following law firms for their assictance in updating the information provided.

Aug 29, 2023
AJ Park, Auckland, New Zealand  

Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Cooperatives

Tel +686 26157 or 26158
Fax +686 26 233