A trademark can be registered almost anywhere in the world. In some countries there are other methods. And sometimes other ‘circumstances’.
Most countries have a trademark registration procedure. But not all countries have such an administrative procedure in place. In these countries you often have the possibility of a ‘cautionary notice’. Your trademark will be published in a local newspaper, to inform others that you are claiming a particular mark. This local newspaper can be a very small one, almost equivalent to nailing a sheet of paper with your trademark on it to a palm tree.
Sometimes, there are other circumstances.
Take the island of Nauru for example.
Formerly known as Pleasant Island, the Republic of Nauru is an island country in Micronesia in the South Pacific. Nauru is the world’s smallest republic, covering just 21 square kilometres. With 9.378 residents, it is the second least-populated country after Vatican City.
Oddly enough, Nauru has a true registration system, which is not just nailing a sheet of paper to a tree. However, the position of Trademark Examiner – the sole position in the Nauru Trademarks Office – in Nauru has been vacant for a while. So, while you can register your trademark in Nauru, practically it can take a while for the trademark to be actually protected.
For all of you seeking a cool job in IP: apply for the position of Trademark Examiner in Nauru. It can’t be very had word. You are your own boss. And the weather is always nice.