• International Country Code:

    NZ
  • Time Zone:

    UTC/GMT +12:00
  • Currency:

    New Zealand dollar (NZD)

Trademark in New Zealand

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  • Trademark fees

Fees associated with filing a trademark application in New Zealand as well as other trademark fees are available in the fee calculator.

  • Multiple class

Multiple class trademark applications are possible in New Zealand.

  • Filing requirements in New Zealand

All documents must be filed either in English or Maori. However, if submitted in Maori, a verified English translation should be provided on the Commissioner’s request. Application materials that are not filed in English or Maori must be accompanied by a verified English translation at the time of filing.

To obtain a filing date, it is necessary to provide:
- applicant’s details;
- representation of the trademark;
- statement of the goods and/or services for which registration is sought and international class(es);
- priority claim, if any.

If priority is claimed, a certified copy of the Priority Document is not required unless requested by the Commissioner.

A Power of Attorney is not necessary for trademark registration in New Zealand.

  • Examination, publication and opposition to registration of a trademark in New Zealand

The examination process includes formal examination, examination of distinctiveness and a search for similar trademarks. 

Upon successful examination, the trademark application will be published in the monthly "New Zealand Intellectual Property Office Journal."

Opposition to registration of a trademark application in New Zealand may be filed within three months from the date of publication.

  • Grant, validity term and trademark renewal

There is no official grant fee stipulated. The duration of the registration is ten years from the filing date or from the priority date. A trademark registration may be renewed for consecutive periods of 10 years within 12 months prior to the expiration date. The grace period for paying renewal fees is 12 months after the expiration date. In the case of late payment, the surcharge doesn’t apply.

  • Duration of registration procedure

In case that the prosecution process runs smoothly it takes a minimum of 6 months to register a trademark.

  • Use requirement

The trademark may be invalidated if it has not been used for a 3-year period after its registration.

  • Representation by a trademark attorney

For foreign applicants, it is necessary to perform trademark prosecution in New Zealand using an agent - a registered New Zealand and Australian trademark attorney.

  •  Note

Online Search databases: New Zealand trademark, International Trademarks.

Brief summary is based on the information provided by PIPERS on 08.01.2019
Please contact us if the above information contains any discrepancies with New Zealand IP Laws

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