Changes to the online process for trade mark applications
The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) has introduced changes to the process for applying for trade marks online at www.iponz.govt.nz
From the 11th of August 2009, applicants will need to be a registered user of the system in order to apply for a trade mark online.
Why are these changes being made?
- To standardise the application process across patents, designs and trade marks;
- Facilitate the allocation of login credentials in advance of the “View Correspondence Online” functionality general release;
- Increased security process associated with online filings; and
- Reduce party duplication issues.
What do I need to do?
Depending on your circumstances you should fall into one of the categories below with the associated actions.
I already have a login for www.iponz.govt.nz. I don’t have any trade mark applications / registrations.
From the 11th of August you will need to login when applying for a trade mark online.
I do not have a login, have no existing trade marks applications / registrations and want to apply for a Trade mark.
You will need to become a registered user of our system. Use our register function to obtain a user ID and proceed immediately with your trade mark application online. For more information about managing your login click here.
I have existing trade mark applications / registrations and I do not have a login for www.iponz.govt.nz.
In order to make further applications online and take advantage of our “View Correspondence Online” functionality when it is released you will need a login to www.iponz.govt.nz.
To obtain your login and have your existing trade mark applications or registrations linked (if any) you will need to follow the instructions relating to user ID setup and complete this authorisation form.
I don’t have a www.iponz.govt.nz login but I have a www.companies.govt.nz login. Can I use this for my www.iponz.govt.nz login?
Yes you can. If you have existing trade mark applications or registrations you will need to complete this authorisation form to have them linked to your account.
If you are not able to access the IPONZ online services please see your Global or Branch administrator to add the IPONZ site services to your account.
I am an employee of an agent and do not currently have a login to www.iponz.govt.nz.
In the first instance you should contact your Global or Branch administrator who will be able to set up a new user ID for you. If your firm does not have an administrator then contact us and we can arrange for the user ID to be created.
Note| IPONZ will be in contact with Global or Branch administrators in advance of this change to assist with set up requirements.
If none of these scenarios apply to you please contact us.