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 […]

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 […]

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 […]