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Maintain an international trade mark

Maintenance of an international registration designating New Zealand (NZD), such as changes of name and ownership, and renewals and cancellations, is done directly with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Note: It is not possible to divide an international registration designating New Zealand.

IPONZ manages the following:

Change agent

You can make a request for an agent or local representative to be appointed or changed for an international registration designating New Zealand. There is no charge for this service. See change an agent.

Request abeyance

When an international registration designating New Zealand (NZD) is waiting for the outcome of opposition proceedings for a prior application, or cancellation, revocation or invalidity proceedings in respect of a prior registration, the holder or owner can request that it be placed in abeyance. The holder must notify us before the expiry of the deadline to respond to the Provisional Refusal.

Once the facts have been verified, we'll place the NZD in abeyance pending the outcome of the proceedings. See request abeyance.

Replace national mark with international registration

Once we’ve been notified of the international registration designating New Zealand, and the owner is an owner of an earlier national mark, you can request replacement of the national mark.

The national registration must:

  • cover the same or narrower specification than the international registration
  • be owned by the same owner and be the same mark
  • be registered at the time of the request.

If the request is made before the national mark expires, but is not recorded until after the national mark is expired, we still process the request as if the national mark were registered.

Email us with the following information:

  • the number of the international registration
  • the New Zealand trade mark registration number
  • the full name of the holder
  • the name and address of the agent (if any).

Transform an international registration

If we have been notified by WIPO that an international registration designating NZ (NZD) has been cancelled in part or full at the request of the office of origin, the owner may make a request to transform the NZD details into a national application or registration.

To make a request, email us within 3 months of us being notified of the cancellation with the following information:

  • the international registration number
  • the date of cancellation of the international registration
  • an address for service in New Zealand, if the international registration didn't have one
  • whether the transformation request relates to all the goods and services in the international registration and, if not, a list of goods and services to which the transformation request relates, and their respective class numbers.

The list of goods or services may not be broader than those cancelled on the NZD.

Continued processing (Singapore relief measure)

You can make a request for Continued Processing of an NZD. There is no charge for this service.

For totally refused NZD cases – where the NZD has been issued a provisional refusal with an indication that protection of the mark will be refused for all goods/services – a Continued Processing request can be made online via our case management system in the two months following expiry of a deadline to respond.

For partially refused NZD cases – where the NZD has been issued a report with an indication that protection of the mark will be refused for just some of the goods/services – after the expiry of a deadline, the mark will be accepted for the limited list of goods/services which were not refused. As such, there is only a short timeframe (up to 15 days) during which a Continued Processing request can be made via our online case management system.

You will need the following information to make a request for Continued Processing of an NZD:

  • The New Zealand trade mark number of the NZD and
  • The documentation addressing all outstanding objections.

Note: Extensions to the two-month deadline for requesting continued processing are not possible. Continued processing may only be used once for each application. Once an application is accepted, continued processing does not apply. If the acceptance of a mark after continued processing results in two similar or identical marks co-existing on the register, we will not revoke the later mark's acceptance.