(WIPO code: TO) (latest review March 2021)

by PHILLIPS ORMONDE FITZPATRICK – Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys, Melbourne, Australia

General Information

Area

747 sq. km.

Population

106,095 (estimated July 2020).

Capital

Nuku’alofa.

Languages

Tongan (official), English (official).

Currency

Pa’anga (TOP); 1 U.S. dollar = 2.28 TOP (January 2021).

General Remarks

The Kingdom of Tonga, formerly a British protectorate, became an independent State within the British Commonwealth on June 4, 1970. The Registry & Intellectual Property Office of Tonga (RIPO) and most of their records were destroyed by fire in November 2006. RIPO is making efforts to create a more effective, efficient, consistent and accessible system.