Registering a Trademark

A trademark registration confers on the trademark owner the exclusive right to the use of a trademark in relation to specific goods and services. Any person or entity that has a brand that it uses to distinguish its goods or services from those of other entities (for example, companies, non-profit organisations, individuals, trade unions and clubs) can apply for a trademark.

Who can register a trademark?

Applicants registering a trademark must be either a person or a company and must provide the name, address, and nationality (if a person) or state of establishment (if a company). The applicant must sign the application. In the case of a company, an authorised officer must sign on its behalf.

An applicant based outside of Trinidad and Tobago must designate a local representative in the application form.

back to top

What documents do I need?

The applicant must complete a Trademark Application form in duplicate and file it at the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) together with the payment of the prescribed fee. The application form can be obtained by following the link at the end of this section.

In the application form, the applicant must accurately describe the relevant goods and/or services and identify the class number in accordance with the Nice Classification of Goods and Services. Seven copies of the mark must accompany the application. If the applicant designates a representative in the application, an Authorisation of Agent must be submitted.

If the application is approved, the IPO will notify the applicant or representative of the approval and send the trademark to a designated daily newspaper for publication. That newspaper will contact the applicant or representative and request payment of the publication fee.

Trademarks are published every Wednesday in a daily newspaper. Third parties may oppose the trademark application within three months of its publication. After the expiry of the three-month period, if no oppositions were received, the Certificate of Registration is issued upon payment of the Certificate Fee. If a Notice of Opposition is received, the Applicant and the Opponent must file various documents and an opposition hearing is convened for a final determination of the matter.

Trademark Application Form

Authorization of Agent Form

back to top

How long does the registration take?

If there are no corrections to be made to the application and no opposition to the application, the mark will be registered within nine months of the filing of the trademark application.

Please note that the filing of a trademark application is not a guarantee that the mark will be registered. Only marks that fulfil the legal criteria for registration under the Trade Marks Act Chap. 82:81 are registered.

back to top

Can I check availability before I apply?

Yes. Trademarks may be searched at:

Intellectual Property Office
Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs
11 – 13 Frederick Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad
Tel: (868) 226-4IPO (4476)
Fax: (868) 226-5160
Opening hours: 8:30 am to 4:15 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays


There is an online trademark search available at

back to top

Are there any fees associated with this service?

The non-refundable application fee is TT$300 for the first class of goods/services and TT$100 for each additional class. All fees are payable in Trinidad and Tobago Dollars. Payment may be made by certified cheque to "The Controller, Intellectual Property Office," or by cash at any District Revenue Office, with a voucher issued by the Intellectual Property Office.

The District Revenue Office nearest the Intellectual Property Office is located at ANSA Building, South Independence Square, Port of Spain, Trinidad. A list of all District Revenue Offices can be obtained by following the link below.

There is no fee for the filing of the Authorisation of Agent. The filing fee for the "Request for the Correction of Mistake(s)" is TT$20. The Certificate Fee is TT$150.

back to top

Where can I find more information?

Intellectual Property Office
Ministry of Attorney General and Legal Affairs
3rd  Floor Capital Plaza
11-13 Frederick Street
Port of Spain
Trinidad & Tobago
Tel: (868) 226-4IPO (4476),
Fax: (868) 226-5160
Opening hours: 8:30 am to 4:15 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays

For further information on the following topics, please visit the IPO website using the link provided below:

  • Patents.
  • Utility certificates.
  • Industrial designs.
  • Layout designs (integrated circuits).
  • Geographical indications.
  • Plant varieties.
  • Copyright and related rights.

Ministry of Attorney General and Legal Affairs

Intellectual Property Office website

back to top

Additional Forms from the Intellectual Property Office

The following forms are available for download from Intellectual Property Office:


IPO Form TM1 - Request To Appoint Or Change An Agent Or To Enter Or Change An Address For Service

IPO - Form TM2 - Application To Register A Trade Mark, Collective Mark Or Certification Mark

IPO Form TM3 - Request For Grounds Of Decision

IPO Form TM4 - Request To Divide An Application For Registration

IPO Form TM5 - Filing Of Rules Governing The Use Of A Collective Mark Or Certification Mark

IPO Form TM6 - Notice Of Opposition

IPO Form TM7 - Counter Statement

IPO Form TM8 - Notice To The Controller Of Attendance At Hearing

IPO Form TM9 - Application For Renewal Of Registration

IPO Form TM10 - Assent By Personal Representatives Or Order Of The Court Or Other Competent Authority

IPO Form TM11 - Application For Restoration And Renewal Of Registration Removed From The Register

IPO Form TM12 - Application To Register A Change Of Ownership

IPO Form TM13 - Late Application For Renewal Of Registration

IPO Form TM14 - Request To Change The Name, Or Other Particulars Of Applicant For Registration...

IPO Form TM15 - Application To Amend The Specification, Class Number Or The Priority Claim Of A Trademark Application Or Registration

IPO Form TM16 - Application To Amend A Trademark Application Or Registration Or Correct A Mistake

IPO Form TM17 - Application For Revocation Or Declaration Of Invalidity Of Registration Of Trade Mark

IPO Form TM18 - Application To Intervene In Proceedings

IPO Form TM19 - Application To Amend The Rules Governing The Use of A Collective Mark Or Certification Mark

IPO Form TM20 - Notice To Cancel A Registration

IPO Form TM21 - Notice Of Partial Cancellation Of The Specification Of Goods Or Services...

IPO Form TM22 - Request By Registered Proprietor Of Trade Mark For Entry Of Disclaimer Or Limitation In The Register

IPO Form TM23 - Request By Registered Proprietor For Entry On The Register Of A Note Of A Certificate Of Validity...

IPO Form TM24 - Application To Register A Licensee

IPO Form TM25 - Application To Amend A Licence

IPO Form TM26 - Application To Remove A Licence

IPO Form TM27 - Request For Reinstatement

IPO Form TM28 - Request For Controller’s General Certificate

IPO Form TM29 - Notice Of Order Of Court For Alteration Or Rectification Of Register

IPO Form TM30 - Application To Register The Grant, Amendment Or Termination Of Security Interest...

IPO Form TM31 - Request For Extension Of Time

IPO Form TM32 - Request For Extension Of Time To File Statutory Declaration

back to top




Forms and Other Downloads

back to top