When: From 13 February 2020.

What: The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) has made changes to fees for trademarks and patents. Trademark application fees have gone down from $150 per class to $100.

The fee for an IPONZ Search and Preliminary Advice (S&PA) report, used to check if your trademark is available, is now $50 per class. If you then file a trademark application within three months of your S&PA report, and the trademark matches your S&PA application, the $50 S&PA fee will be deducted from the cost of your trademark application.

Every ten years, when you renew your trademark, the fees will be less, from $350 to $200 per class.

Trademark fees — Intellectual Property of New Zealand

Some fees for patents will increase, with a new Excess Claims fee introduced for more complex applications with thirty or more claims during the examination process.

Patent fees — Intellectual Property of New Zealand

Who: Any business that wants to protect their name, logo, slogan or idea so only they can use it in their class in New Zealand.

Why: Fees have changed to better reflect the number of trademark and patent applications.

What you need to do: If you already have a trademark or patent registered, fees will change with your next renewal.

If you have not yet protected your intellectual property, use Trade Mark Check for free to find out if your logo, brand or name is unique.

Trademark check — Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand

Trademarks: Do you own your brand?

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