A trade mark identifies a unique product or service. For example, the term BUDGET SUPERMARKET for retail services in relation to food and household items is unlikely to identify one trader from any other in that trade channel.
The benefits of registering a trade mark include:
- Exclusive right to use the trade mark throughout New Zealand to promote the goods and/or services it covers.
- Use of the ® symbol with the trade mark
- Legal protection to deter others from trying to imitate your brand.
- A good way to distinguish your business from others.
- Added value to your business that can increase over time as the mark becomes established in the market.
- The ability to sell or assign the trade mark to another person or business, or license its use to other parties.
If you have a possible trade mark in mind, you can use Trade Mark Check to see if there are trade marks like yours on the NZ Register.
Search existing trade marksHow to check if a trade mark or logo like yours is already on the New Zealand Register.
Search and preliminary adviceWe suggest using this service before applying to register your trade mark.
Apply for a trade markStep by step guide that will help make the application process easy to follow and understand.
FeesSome trade mark services relating to application, advice and renewals may incur fees.
International trade marksTaking your business overseas? Apply in over 100 participating countries with a single application.
Trade Mark Specification BuilderSearch over 60,000 pre-approved goods and services terms to build your specification.