• Surveyors successfully challenge trademark application


    Surveyors successfully challenge trademark application

    IP Australia has rejected an application to register the term “chartered surveyor”.

    The Council of Reciprocating Surveyors Boards of Australia and New Zealand (CRSBANZ) successfully argued that such a trademark may have been in conflict with Australian surveying legislation.

    The application was made by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), which has a membership category for chartered surveyors.

    However, CRSBANZ argued successfully that the term had no value or relevance in Australia.
    “In this country, a surveyor must be registered with a state board as a registered or licensed cadastral surveyor to perform boundary surveys and to retain that registration must maintain a competency and knowledge of cadastral law and its application,” said CRSBANZ Secretary, Murray Fox.

    Mr Fox said it was significant that the hearing officer, in his finding, had noted that the term chartered surveyor “contains little or no inherent adaptation to distinguish the designated services”.

    CRSBANZ was supported in its action by the Surveyors’ Boards of Australia and New Zealand, the Spatial Industry Business Association (SIBA), the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) and the Australian Institute of Mining Surveyors (AIMS).

    The resulting decision should give Australians a sense of certainty when engaging licensed or registered surveyors, because they will know that registration ensures a professional surveyor who has suitably demonstrated his or her competency.

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