30 Dec Why should you have your Trade Mark details up-to-date with IP Australia?
You could be using an old address or a third party’s address without realising it, and miss an important renewal or notification.
It’s really important to have your Trade Mark details up-to-date with IP Australia, to make sure they can contact you and inform you of any changes or notify you of a coming renewal.
We see this a lot, obviously, searching the register and having a lot of clients’ names and clients coming to us with new trade marks, or have got trade marks previously registered.
Often, I would say, potentially, 50% of the time the details aren’t correct, it’s an old address or it could be potentially an old address of a previous lawyer, or an accountant that may have assisted them.
It’s really important to have these details up to date, because, and unfortunately, if the correspondence goes to any of these old addresses and comes back unreturned, then IP Australia can’t contact you about these trade marks because there is not other way of them knowing where you are.
And unfortunately that’s the only method of communication with IP Australia. Unless you’re a registered agent.
So, it’s really important to have these details up to date, like it would be with your business name registration, or your company details of the registered office, or address for service, which obviously, you know, that happens a lot nowadays with businesses changing addresses a lot.
And it’s not something that you would automatically think of.
So it’s really important to check if you’ve got a number of registered trademarks, or even just one, just making sure that the details are up to date.
If you want us to handle your trademarks for you and make sure you don’t miss any correspondence, we can do that for you for free, and just let you know when things are coming up for renewal, or let you know if there’s any correspondence received from IP Australia.
Because the consequences can be dire if they can’t get in contact with you.
For instance, if someone is challenging your trademark, or if your trade mark is potentially gonna be struck off for some reason.
It’s vitally important to have the right correspondence details and making sure that you don’t miss anything.
I hope that helps today.
Please get in contact if you need us to manage your trade mark for you, we’re more than happy.
Contact us today if you require any assistance with handling your trade marks.
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Ian Aldridge is the Founder and Principal Lawyer Director at Progressive Legal. He has over 15 years experience in advising businesses in Australia and the UK. After practising in commercial litigation for 12 years in major Australian and International Law Firms, he decided to set up a NewLaw law firm in Australia and assist growing Australian businesses. Since then, he has advised over 2,500 small businesses over the past 6 years alone in relation to Intellectual Property Law, Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Workplace and Privacy Law. He has strived to build a law firm that takes a different approach to providing legal services. A truly client-focused law firm, Ian has built Progressive Legal that strives to deliver on predictable costs, excellent communication and care for his clients. As a legal pioneer, Ian has truly changed the way legal services are being provided in Australia, by building Legal Shield™, a legal subscription to obtain tailored legal documents and advice in a front-loaded retainer package, a world-first. He has a double degree in Law (Hons) and Economics (with a marketing major). He was admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW in 2005.