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Duration of copyright

About IP Copyright Duration
The time limit provided by copyright protection in New Zealand depends on the category of copyright work involved.

Public use of copyright works

About IP Copyright Public use of copyright works
There are specific requirements around the public use of music and film. In these cases, the copyright owners are still entitled to be asked for permission on the use of their work.

Moral and performers' rights

About IP Copyright Moral and performers' rights
Moral rights and performers’ rights are associated with copyright works, and are often referred to as ‘personal rights’ to show that they are independent from the copyright that exists in the work itself.

Concepts to understand

About IP Māori IP Concepts to understand
Tapu and noaTapu is the strongest force in Māori life. It has numerous meanings and references. Tapu can be interpreted as ‘sacred’, or defined as ‘spiritual restriction’, containing a strong imposition of rules and prohibitions. A person, object or place...

Māori words and designs

About IP Māori IP Māori words and designs
There are a few Māori words and designs that are generally considered not offensive and can be associated with a wide range of goods and services.

Archived news

News and updates Archived news
The following PDF documents contain copies of all news stories published on our website. Note - some of the images and links within these documents may be broken. 2015 news articles [803 KB PDF] 2014 news articles [1.9 MB PDF] 2013 news articles [1.2...


Patent attorney registration and renewal Syllabus
The New Zealand law and practice relating to patents and designsRegulation 158(1)(a)The subject requires the candidate to have a good understanding of the patent and design laws of New Zealand and the practice associated with the implementation and interpretation of...

Prepare to apply for NZ Office of Origin trade marks

About IP Trade marks International Prepare to apply for NZ Office of Origin trade marks
To apply for an international application using the Madrid Protocol, you must have a New Zealand trade mark application or registration.

Respond to compliance report

About IP Trade marks Examination process Respond to compliance report
A compliance report is a formal letter written by the trade mark examiner who has assessed your application and concludes that it doesn't comply fully with the Trade Marks Act 2002 (the Act).

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See if a trade mark like yours already exists on the NZ Register.
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