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Application process

1. Application filed

You must meet legal filing requirements when applying for geographical indications (GI).

Further information:

  • Who may apply (s36)
  • How to apply (s37)
  • Who has priority (s38)

2. First examination

We'll examine GI applications within three months of filing.

If your application is accepted

See Acceptance below.

If your application isn't accepted

A compliance report will be sent to you explaining how your application does not comply with the Act. You have to file a response within three months from the date of the compliance report. You may be able to get an extension of time to reply.

If your application isn't accepted after subsequent examinations

A final rejection of your application may take up to six months to issue. A hearing may be requested.

3. Acceptance

A notice of acceptance of your GI registration will be sent to you.

4. Advertisement of acceptance

An acceptance notice will be advertised in The Journal.

Within three months of the advertised acceptance, a person may oppose the application of the GI registration. Extension requests may be granted.

5. Registration

The Registrar of Registered Geographical Indications will register a GI not less than six months after application filing date.

6. Renewal

A GI will be able to be renewed every 10 years. You can request a renewal up to 12 months in advance. If the GI is not renewed by the due date then the registration will expire.