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Ownership and protection

About IP Copyright Ownership and protection
The person who created the works is usually the owner of any copyright unless the work is created in the course of employment or someone commissions and agrees to pay for it, in which case the rights will have been reassigned.

Finding copyright owners

About IP Copyright Finding copyright owners
If you wish to use a copyright work, you will need to contact the owner and request permission to use it.

International protection

About IP Copyright International protection
When your copyright is created with your original work in New Zealand, it is also recognised under the copyright laws of countries that have international agreements with New Zealand.

Register IP that has a Māori element

About IP Māori IP Register IP that has a Māori element
In the marketplace, Māori culture presents unique branding opportunities and commercial benefits.

Search for existing trade marks

About IP Trade marks Search
Search for existing trade marks - this information is intended as a guide only. For legal advice we recommend that you contact a patent attorney or lawyer who is familiar with intellectual property law.


About IP Trade marks Enforcing
Depending on the nature of the intellectual property right you own and the nature of the alleged infringement, various New Zealand enforcement agencies may be able to assist.

International registrations designating New Zealand

About IP Trade marks International International registrations designating New Zealand
By designating New Zealand, the holder or owner of the international designation can obtain protection with the same effects as a nationally filed trade mark application filed directly with us.

Renew a trade mark

About IP Trade marks Renew
A trade mark registration can be renewed every 10 years. To maintain your registration you need to renew the trade mark by the due date.


About IP Trade marks Examination process Examination
We examine all applications to register a trade mark to make sure they comply with all the requirements of the Trade Marks Act 2002 (the Act). As well as ensuring that an application meets the legal filing requirements, the Commissioner must be satisfied that...

Trade Mark Check Trade Mark Check

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

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