Other 'Name' Registrations
In Australia, the business and company name register and the domain name registers are separate from the trade mark register. Furthermore, there is no centralized domain name register, but a number of registers maintained by different organizations. To complicate matters further, all four registration systems fall under separate acts of legislation – company, domain name and trademark legislation under Commonwealth (Federal) law, and business name registration under the laws of the various States and Territories.
Separate and independent rights subsist in business, company, trade mark and domain name registrations (however ownership of a trademark may affect the ability of a person to register a domain name). Conflict between different and competing rights does occur.
.smoorenburg. can assist you with advice regarding the best options for protection of your name and brand across these registers. In addition to trademark registration, we can also assist with business name registration and domain name registration in Australia.