COUNTRY : NEW ZEALAND
CAPITAL : WELLINGTON
LANGUAGE : ENGLISH
MEMBER : PARIS CONVENTION, WTO-TRIPS, BERNE CONVENTION, WIPO, PCT
The IP affairs in New Zealand are administered by Intellectual Property Office New Zealand (IPONZ).
Also note that Trademarks are protected in the following Island along with New Zealand through IPONZ.
It is highly advisable to conduct a search prior to filing of the trademarks so as to identify similar and /or identical marks to those of the applicant’s marks. This is to ensure that there is no conflict.
Filing is done with the Trademark office of New Zealand.
• Infringement & Opposition Actions
• License and Assignment procedures
• Trademark Watch Services
Once the application is filed with the IP office, it is assessed to confirm that it meets the requirements of registration as per the trademarks act such as formalities compliances, substantive requirements and a search for prior existing marks is conducted.
Once the trademark application is accepted for registration, it is published for opposition. Interested parties may oppose the registration within stipulated time from the date of the advertisement.
If there is no opposition to the application, or the opposition is unsuccessful, the applicant’s trademark will be registered and Certificate of registration is issued.
Pre-Registration: Prior trademark use and evidence of use before filing may assist in enabling registration of some marks that may otherwise not be registrable. Extensive, Continuous and Unabated use could help bring opposition proceedings for similar or identical marks.