Trans-Tasman Trade Mark Harmonisation Trial
The trans-Tasman trade mark harmonisation trial will officially close at midnight on 6 August 2010. Please note that only trade mark applications received by IP Australia and IPONZ up until midnight on 6 August 2010 will be examined as part of the trial.
The prime objective of this trial has been to identify areas where mutual recognition of examination work may be possible and the degree of ‘top-up’ work required in cases that could benefit from mutual recognition. By the time the trial ends, IP Australia and IPONZ will have collectively examined over 600 applications.
Once the offices have analysed the trial data, they will jointly consider the feasibility of future mutual recognition in trade marks examination. In addition, both offices will work together to align and enhance the quality and consistency of trade mark examination to facilitate ease of doing business in each country. Relevant outcomes of the process will be reported to stakeholders in due course.
These important initiatives could not have been advanced without the participation of the applicants who have opted into the trial. To that end, we wish to take this opportunity to thank you all for your involvement.