New Zealand – Trade Marks Regulations 2003 Consultation

The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) is seeking feedback from stake holders in respect of a range of changes proposed to the Trade Marks Regulations 2003. 

Specifically, IPONZ reports that the proposed amendments include:

>    Introduction of a revised fee schedule that more accurately reflects the costs of delivery of trade mark services by the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ);

>    Implementation of the Government’s decisions to accede to three international trade mark treaties – (i) the Madrid Protocol, (ii) the Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trade Marks, and (iii) the Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks; and

>    Introduction of other changes necessary to improve IPONZ’s administrative efficiency and the general operation of the Regulations.

A full discussion paper is available from the Ministry of Economic Development.

Submissions can be made up until 5 pm NZST on Friday 8 June 2012.