By Daniel Wilson, Trade Marks Attorney
From 10 December 2012, internationally based businesses may apply for protection of their trade marks in New Zealand under the Madrid Protocol.
New Zealand is the most recent country to join to the Madrid Protocol, which now includes 87 national jurisdictions including the European Union, the United States of America, China, and Australia. A Madrid application may designate New Zealand to obtain protection of a trade mark without having to file a separate national application. If there are any objections to protection of the trade mark in New Zealand, the applicant will be notified via a provisional refusal.
Allens Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys acts in New Zealand and is able to assist applicants to overcome provisional refusals in New Zealand.