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IP Australia Increases Fees

As of Thursday 1st October 2020, IP Australia will increase their fees. The increase will affect trade marks, patents and designs as well as costs awarded in proceedings. Of particular note, the official trade mark application fee will be increased from AU$330 to AU$400 per class. Accordingly, if you are considering filing an application in […]

Newsletter – July 2020

July 2020 Updates Zone featured in SCOOP IP Australia and IPONZ Extension Policy Zone Opens New Office in Auckland Zone in SCOOP Media One of our principal partners, Theodore Doucas, had the pleasure of being interviewed by SCOOP Media for a Business article in relation to trade mark innovation and our role in the current […]

Newsletter – May 2020

May 2020 Updates Services at Zone Extension Possibilities New Zealand Customs Notices Procedure Updated Choosing a Name Queen’s Birthday Holiday Services at Zone As the lockdown restrictions are beginning to ease in New Zealand, we are now in level 2. The Zone team are working both on site and remotely to continue to provide the […]

Newsletter – April 2020

Zone Services Here at Zone our staff are continuing to work remotely, providing our high standard of IP services both domestically and internationally during the level 4 lockdown. Easter and ANZAC Holiday Hours Zone will be closed for business on Friday the 10th of April, and Monday 13th of April 2020 for Easter, as well […]

An update from Zone

The COVID-19 virus has led to an unprecedented global response. In New Zealand we are implementing a complete lockdown for the next four weeks starting from Wednesday 25th March. We at Zone will continue to work with you to accommodate your IP and legal needs.  We have our teams working remotely with full electronic access […]

March 2020 Update

Dear clients, colleagues and friends We would like to take this opportunity to express our hopes that you and your families are well, and to share some information about Zone’s plans in light of the announcement of a global pandemic. At Zone we have been monitoring the developments regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and we […]

Brexit – Effect on Trade Marks

After years of indecision, the UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. So what does this mean for owners of European Union trade marks? EU trade marks previously covered the UK. For the rest of 2020, there will be a transition period where they will continue to do so. At that stage, for owners […]

Newsletter – January 2020

In this January Newsletter: New Madrid Protocol Countries New Zealand Practice Update Waitangi Day Zone’s Intern New members of the Madrid System in 2019 The Madrid Protocol System allows New Zealand trade mark owners to file their trade mark in many countries around the world, in a cost effective and streamlined way. Many of our […]

Holiday Closure

Our offices will close on Tuesday 24 December 2019 5pm and reopen on Monday 6 January 2020 8:30am. We will have skeleton staff available during the closure period. The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand will close on Tuesday 24 December 2019 and will reopen on Friday 3 January 2020. Please remember that if you […]

Newsletter – December 2019

In this December Newsletter Zone at the Law Awards Wellington Client Function Austin INTA Leadership Zone Welcomes a New Team Member New Zealand Law Awards Zone were proud to be one of the finalists for NZ IP Specialist Firm of the Year once again at the NZ Law Awards. Wellington Client Function We are also […]