New Zealand Now Available Through Madrid Protocol

New Zealand has officially joined the list of countries available for designation in an international application filed through the Madrid Protocol! This means that if you are interested in protecting your trademark outside of Australia into multiple countries, you will now be able to include New Zealand in the single international application. Until the 10th December 2012 you would have needed to file a separate/individual application to gain trademark registration in New Zealand.

There have been several additions to the ever-growing list of available countries in 2012, including:

  • New Zealand of course
  • The Philippines
  • Colombia

There’s now a total of 88 countries available when filing under the Madrid Protocol (as you would need to do if filing an international application based on an existing Australian trademark).

The international application system makes for a simple way to secure rights in many countries at once, and is often much more cost effective than having to file multiple individual applications. It allows us to file a single application where we simply choose which of those member countries are required. So, one application and one agent. Much easier!

If you have enquiries about protecting your Australian trademark in other countries, please contact us to see how we can assist or leave your comment below.



Jacqui Pryor

Jacqui is a registered trade marks attorney with the Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Board and is the founder and owner of Mark My Words Trademark Services Pty Ltd.

After being introduced to the world of trade marks in one of her first jobs after high school, Jacqui discovered she had a deep passion and interest for all things to do with protecting brands and intellectual property. She completed a Graduate Certificate in Trade Mark Law and Practices as well as a Diploma in Business Management and then set up her own business in 2011.

Her motivation for starting Mark My Words was to support SMEs which typically couldn’t afford such a service and while the company has grown in both size and reputation over the years, she has remained true to her founding principles of providing professional, friendly, reliable and affordable trade mark services to all.

Mark My Words now has a client list that spans businesses of all sizes across a range of industries. It provides advice and assistance on all types of complex trade mark registrations, infringements and opposition matters both in Australia as well as overseas.

Jacqui’s wealth of experience, broad range of professional qualifications and her ongoing participation in industry forums and networking platforms keeps her at the forefront of developments in the global trade mark arena. Her expertise in her field has also led to several nominations as a top individual trademark attorney by the World Trademark Review - the world’s leading trademark intelligence platform.

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