Withdrawal of notification by New Zealand

New ZealandMadrid Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Marks

Withdrawal of the notification made under Rule 40(6) of the Common Regulations under the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol

1. The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) received a communication from the Office of New Zealand withdrawing the notification made by New Zealand under Rule 40(6) of the Common Regulations under the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol (“Common Regulations”).

2. Such withdrawal became effective on March 21, 2019.

3. Consequently, as from March 21, 2019, the Office of New Zealand can present to the International Bureau of WIPO requests for the division of an international registration under Rule 27bis(1) of the Common Regulations and requests for the merger of international registrations resulting from division under Rule 27ter(2)(a) of the Common Regulations.

Rule 40(6) of the Common Regulations refers to the possibility for the Contracting Party to notify before the date the new Rules 27bis (1) and 27ter (2)(a) enter into force or the date on which it becomes a Contracting Party to the Madrid Protocol, that the new Rules 27bis (1) and/or 27ter (2)(a) of the Common Regulations are not compatible with the applicable national or regional laws, as the case may be.

Source: WIPO