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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Jul 11, 2019 (Newsletter Issue 9/19)
New Zealand
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IP Office Accepts Division or Merger Requests of Intl. Registrations

The Office of New Zealand has withdrawn the notification made under Rule 40(6) of the Common Regulations, with effect as from March 21, 2019.

Consequently, as from that date, the Office of New Zealand can present to the International Bureau of WIPO requests for the division of an international registration under Rule 27bis(1) of the Common Regulations and requests for the merger of international registrations resulting from division under Rule 27ter(2)(a) of the Common Regulations.

This means that international trade mark owners are able to divide goods and/or services out of their International Registration into a divisional registration. In cases where the application is undergoing examination, this will allow acceptable goods and/or services to proceed to acceptance. This also allows trade mark owners to merge records that have previously been partially assigned or divided, back into a single International Registration.

For more details on New Zealand's current process for the division or merger of international trade mark registrations, please click here.