The Hearings Evidence guidelines for Trade Marks have been updated as follows:
- A new section of the guidelines advises counsel not to give their own evidence in proceedings; and
- The existing guideline relating to “confidential evidence” now allows initial time for parties to arrange service of confidential evidence without the Commissioner’s intervention. This reflects IPONZ’s current practice.
These updates were reviewed and approved in the August meeting of the Hearings Technical Focus Group.
Read the updated guidelines: