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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Jan 31, 2019 (Newsletter Issue 1/19)
New Zealand
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Trademark Practice Guidelines Updated

On February 1, 2019, IPONZ informs that they have updated the trademark practice guidelines to reflect the following:

Interpretation of “featuring” term in trade mark specifications
IPONZ will now treat the term “featuring” in specifications for goods and services as being a non-limiting term having the same meaning as the term “including”.

The updated interpretation appears under the Annexure General and Relative Grounds guidelines and confirms IPONZ’s interpretation of the term “featuring” for classification and citation purposes.

The practice will come into effect for National Trade Marks filed on or after February 1, 2019, and international registrations with a designation date on or after February 1, 2019. This will not retroactively affect applications filed before this date.

Change to division process for national trademark cases
IPONZ divides a trademark application for the purposes of overcoming an objection:
- The original (parent) application should be amended to include only the goods and/or services that are unencumbered by objections. This will allow this application to be re-examined prior to acceptance.
- The divided (child) application should only include the goods and/or services to which objections apply.

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