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Jul 24, 2018 (Newsletter Issue 13/18)
New Zealand
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Trademark Practice Guidelines Updated


The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) has recently updated its trademark practice guidelines to reflect the following items:

1. Introduction of new practice guideline on absolute grounds – geographical indications
A new practice guideline has been added relating to the office’s interpretation of Section 20 of the Trade Marks Act 2002, which specifies that trademarks that contain geographical indications must not be registered in certain circumstances.

For more information, please check the new Trade Mark practice guideline here

2. Similarity of goods and services classes
IPONZ has added a new guideline regarding the similarity of goods in classes 32 and 33 which can be seen here

Further, a new Conflicting Class Goods and Services List has been released to supplement the existing Conflicting Class Table.


Source: www.iponz.govt.nz