Amendments to trade marks and copyright laws one step closer

The New Zealand Trade Marks (International Treaties and Enforcement) Amendment Bill 2008 has been reviewed by the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee, which made a number of minor recommendations.

If passed, the Bill will amend the Trade Marks Act 2002 and the Copyright Act 1994 to give effect to the Government’s decisions to ratify the Singapore Treaty and to accede to the Nice Agreement and the Madrid Protocol. It also seeks to strengthen the existing enforcement provisions.