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Jan 16, 2018 (Newsletter Issue 1/18)
New Zealand
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Updates to Trade Mark Practice Guidelines and Specifications

IPONZ is going to update the Trade Mark practice guidelines in early January 2018 by updating its practices for trademark applications with Māori geographical names. This follows recent treaty claim settlements as well as comments from ‘iwi’, the largest social units/tribes of the New Zealand Māori society. All trademark applications with Māori geographical names will now be forwarded to the Māori Advisory Committee for advice whether the mark is likely to be offensive to Māori.

As of January 1, 2018, IPONZ updated its practices around the acceptability of a range of goods and services descriptions. This includes updating the guidelines ensuring their consistency with the 11th Edition of the Nice Classification System as well as updating the options in the Goods and Services Classification selector.