We’ve made a number of improvements to our website and online case management facility as of 29 October 2021.
Changes to hearings scheduling
Whenever a hearing is scheduled, its participants will now receive an email with a hearing date and a link to confirm their availability. Our Hearings Office will also provide further information to participants when scheduling their hearing.
This change is a first step of some significant technological enhancements to our case management facility, which will help ensure that hearings can be more efficiently scheduled.
Updated trade mark search and preliminary advice report
Much like our trade mark compliance report updates in December, our trade mark search and preliminary advice reports have been updated to provide:
- Improved usability with clearer headings and easier-to-understand text.
- Highlighted next steps.
- Links to relevant content on our website.
- A new look and feel.
Our trade mark subsequent compliance report has also been updated.
Update to data extracts for international trade marks
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) handles fees and renewals for international trade marks that designate New Zealand, instead of IPONZ. Because of this, whenever international trade marks are included in a data extract from our case management system, we will no longer list renewal due dates for those records.