Update to Trade Mark Practice Guidelines and Specifications

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Update to Trade Mark Practice Guidelines and Specifications

IPONZ has recently updated its practice guidelines relating to geographical indications and the similarity of certain goods and services classes.

IPONZ has recently updated its trade mark practice guidelines to reflect the following items:

Introduction of new practice guideline on Absolute grounds – Geographical indications

IPONZ has added a new practice guideline relating to the office’s interpretation of Section 20 of the Trade Marks Act 2002. This section specifies that trade marks that contain geographical indications must not be registered in certain circumstances.

View the new Trade Mark practice guideline 4a. Absolute grounds – Geographical indications.

Similarity of goods and services classes

IPONZ has recently reviewed its approach to the similarity of goods in classes 32 and 33. This is in light of the broadening of the range of beverages now made by beverage producers, international practice, and New Zealand and international case law.

As a result of the above review, IPONZ has added a new guideline regarding the similarity of goods in classes 32 and 33.

IPONZ has also released a new Conflicting Class Goods and Services List document to supplement its existing Conflicting Class Table.

View the updated Trade Mark practice guideline 10. Relative grounds – identical or similar trade marks.

Published on June 28, 2018