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WIPO system issues affecting Madrid trade mark applications and related opposition proceedings

Since 23 March 2016 WIPO has been experiencing system issues which are affecting its ability to:

  • Examine Madrid trade mark applications sent by IPONZ; and
  • Serve IPONZ notices of provisional refusal based on opposition to rights holders.

This has resulted in delays in WIPO receiving Madrid trade mark applications from IPONZ, and affected the ability of rights holders to respond to IPONZ notices of provisional refusal based on opposition within the prescribed period.

IPONZ has taken remedial action to minimise the impact of these issues for clients.

View the WIPO update.