4Correspondence Queues Incoming correspondence (levels 1- 4)AbeyanceAdd classAmendmentCertification marksAmendmentsDivisionalsEvidence of useExtensions of timeFormal objectionsPrincipals QueueReinstatementsAcceptance QueueProjects
5Quality Control Examiner Compliance report Notice of Acceptance Acceptance checkingDecisionSenior ExaminerPrincipal ExaminersNewly Independent ExaminerIPONZ is working towards becoming a paperless office.Non-independent examiners work is checked by their SeniorIf Seniors are not sure they consult with their fellow SeniorsFailing that, Seniors get a Principal’s recommendationAcceptance checking meetingsNewly independent examiners’ work, and preliminary search and advice mail, gets checked by PrincipalsWeekly team meetings- where updates and issues discussed, along with recent hearings office and case law decisionsClient feedback (callbase system)Manager oversees operation and any contentious mattersBusiness unit performance measures (hearings decisions overturning an examination decision)
6Turnaround times First Compliance report 5 days Subsequent reports: - Easy 25 days (Sections 5, 21-24, 31, 32)- Hard 2 months (Sections 17, 18 and 25)- Evidence of use months
7Subsumed marks Case Law Reemark Gmbh v OHIM – Bluenet Ltd T-22/04 Medion AG v Thompson Multimedia Sales Austria & Germany Gmbh Case C-120/04Reemark Gesellschaft fur Markenkooperation mbH v OHIM – Bluenet Ltd T-22/04 where it was held that the mark WESTLIFE was confusingly similar to the mark WEST covering the same or similar goods.Medion AG v Thompson Multimedia Sales Austria & Germany GMbH Case C-120/04, where it was held that the mark THOMPSON LIFE was confusingly similar to the mark LIFE (electronic leisure devices).
8Decisions before the Commissioner PUREBABY v BABY T19/2008ULTRA v ULTRA LAMP T10/2007ARCHTREO v TREO T26/2007BALANCE v BODY BALANCE 28/2007
9The Test Re Pianotist Co’s Application (1906) 23 RPC 774 at 777: “You must take the two words. You must judge of them, both by their look and by their sound. You must consider the nature and kind of customer who would be likely to buy those goods. In fact, you must consider all the surrounding circumstances; and you must further consider what is likely to happen if each of those trade marks is used in a normal way as a trade mark for the goods of the respective owners of the marks.”
10Marks must be compared as a whole Clarke v Sharp (1898) 15 RPC 141 at 146“One must bear in mind the points of resemblance and the points of dissimilarity, attaching fair weight and importance to all, but remembering that the ultimate solution is to be arrived at, not by adding up and comparing the results of such matters, but by judging the general effect of the respective wholes.”
11Idea of the mark CPC (UK) Ltd v Keenan (1986) FSR 527 “It is relevant to have regard to what is known as the idea of the mark, that is to say the idea which is given by the mark to a person who sees it, and if the mark gives rise to a particular association, that association may be important in relation to the question of deception or confusion.”
12General Principles Marks are compared as a whole (Clarke v Sharp) Imperfect recollection (De Cordova v Vick Chemical Co)The idea of the mark (CPC (UK) Ltd v Keenan)The look and sound of the mark (Pianotist)Trade channels1. Imperfect recollection - De Cordova v Vick Chemical Co“In most persons, the eye is not an accurate recorder of visual details and marks are remembered rather by general impression or by some significant detail than by photographic recollection of the whole.”2. Not a side by side comparison - Sandow Ltd’s Application“The question is not whether if a person is looking at two trade marks side by side there would be a possibility of confusion; the question is whether the person who sees the proposed trade mark in the absence of the other trade mark, and in view of his general recollection on what the nature of the other trade mark, would be liable to be deceived and think that the trade mark before him is the same as the other, of which he has a general recollection.”
13Section 25 – deception/confusion Stichting Lodestar v Austin, Nichols & Co Inc  2 NZLR 141 (SCNZ). (WILD GEESE and WILD TURKEY)“It is not so much the differences that matter, although of course they are relevant, but rather the similarities, whatever their form may be, that might lead to deception or confusion. Deception or confusion may arise in marks that appear to be related so that it could be thought that they denoted related products from the same source.”Unsuccessful appeal by ANCI against Court of Appeal (‘CA’) decision concerning scope of appeal under s 27(6) Trade Marks Act 1953 (TMA); SL sought to register trade mark ‘Wild Geese’ and intended to market Irish whiskey under that mark in New Zealand; Assistant Commissioner of Trade Marks held that SL could register its ‘Wild Geese’ trade mark despite objection of ANCI that mark was deceptive or too similar to its own ‘Wild Turkey’ trade mark; High Court (‘HC’) allowed appeal by ANCI and refused registration; CA allowed SL's further appeal and granted application for registration; issue whether HC on appeal under s 27(6) TMA must defer to Commissioner's assessment if conclusion he or she reached was one on which reasonable minds may differHeld: general appeal under s 27(6) TMA requires HC to come to its own view on the merits; weight to be given to Commissioner's decision is a matter of judgment
14Does it ‘hang together’? BULOVA ACCUTRON  RPC 102.Illustrative examples:NEXT GENERATION RANGEFINDER v NEXT (electric goods)PIRATES OF THE CARABEAN v PIRATES (clothing)DAZZLE PLUS v DAZZLE (cleaners)FRUIT EXPLOSION v EXPLOSION (food products)EASY BUST v BUST (insect sprays)SPEEDOX SUPERNOVA v SUPERNOVA (shoes)Can the additional elements of the composite mark be seen as conditioning the subsumed mark such that the marks would appear related, or does the composite mark ‘hang together’ in its own right and create a different impression (BULOVA ACCUTRON trade mark case  RPC 102).
15Evidence of use Section 18 Non-distinctive trade mark not registrable (2) The Commissioner must not refuse to register a trade mark under subsection (1)(b), (c), or (d) if, before the date of application for registration, as a result of either the use made of it or of any other circumstances, the trade mark has acquired a distinctive character.Section 26 ExceptionsThe Commissioner must register trade mark A if— (b) the Commissioner or the Court, as the case may be, considers that a case of honest concurrent use exists, or other special circumstances exist, that, in the opinion of the Court or the Commissioner, makes it proper for the trade mark to be registered subject to any conditions that the Court or the Commissioner may impose.
16Evidence content Exhibits Must be a Statutory Declaration or AffidavitExhibitsAnnexure list in accordance with the practice guidelinesDo not put the evidence as part of your submissions
17Section 18 Fredco (Affirmed Windsurfing Chiemsee in NZ). The market share held by the mark;How intensive, geographically widespread and long-standing the use of the mark has been;The amount invested by the applicant in promoting the mark;The proportion of the relevant class of persons who, because of the mark, identify goods or services as originating from a particular undertaking;Statements from chambers of commerce and industry or other trade and professional associations.
18Key evidence Date of first use in New Zealand Geographical extent Sales/turnover figuresAdvertising or promotional expenditure5. Support for goods/services
19Underpinning considerations Does evidence show use of the mark as filed?Is the mark viewed as a trade mark?Exhibits supporting use as filed (dilution).Sales and advertising figures for mark as filed.Please indicate usage in exhibits.Question:Can an Applicant’s evidence of use be used to support registration of more than one mark in a series application?Answer:This will depend on the nature of the marks in the series application and the evidence showing how the mark is actually used in trade.For example, if the application is for a series of marks consisting of a plain word mark and for a stylised version of that mark, and the evidence only shows use of the stylised version of the mark, the Office will probably only grant registration for the stylised form of the mark. The notion being that the Applicant cannot have acquired distinctiveness for versions of the mark it has not used, and that would be covered by the scope of the plain word mark. By contrast, if the evidence shows use of the plain word mark then this would generally support registration of other stylised versions of the mark in the series application which are not deemed to differ in their material particulars. The reason being that the plain word mark provides protection for all forms of the word/s regardless of how they are presented. The registration of the stylised versions of the mark would therefore be justified in view of the evidence provided.
20Tips Spill over reputation is rarely sufficient Do not simply file your corresponding AU evidenceMake sure evidence is in the appropriate formOnly provide evidence prior to the filing dateKeep the evidence specific
21Section 18 - ‘Other Circumstances’ The following may be considered:use of the mark as a company nameuse of the mark in a composite markuse of the mark in respect of other goods and servicesThese points above will be given due weight. They are not conclusive grounds for registration.
22Section 26 – Honest Concurrent Use & Special Circumstances Alex Pirie and Son’s ApplicationThe extent of use in duration, area and volume;The degree of confusion likely between the trade marks in question;Whether any instances of confusion have in fact occurred;The honesty or otherwise of the concurrent use;The relative inconvenience that would be caused to the respective parties if the applicant’s trade mark were registered.These factors are used to measure the public inconvenience.
23Honest Concurrent Use Evidence should include: Statement of non-confusionStatement that the applicant adopted its mark honestlyReasons why confusion is unlikelyReasons going to relative inconvenience to the partiesNormal section 18 evidence
24Evidence must be prior to the filing date VB Distributors Ltd v Matsushita Electric Industrial Co Ltd (1999) 9 TCLR 349 (HC) - (PALSONIC v PANASONIC)“Mr Upton said that, whilst it is undoubtedly correct that the rights of the competing parties are generally determined as at the date of the application… that does not prevent the Court from looking at conduct and events after that date in dealing with the issues before it”.New Zealand cases:Telecom IP Ltd v Beta Telecom Ltd 27/9/06 CIVGoodyear Tire and Rubber Company (T20/2002)
25Section 26 - Other Special Circumstances Covers circumstances prior to the filing date such as:mark used and/or registered by the applicant in other marketsuse of the same mark for different goods and/or servicesother relevant circumstances peculiar to the applicantprior use by the applicantthe “sandwich mark” scenario.“Things that minimise the risk of confusion or show hardship to theapplicant”- Shanahan’s law of trade marks
26Slogans Criteria is no stricter than for standard marks The NZ/AU comparative examination project revealed that IPONZ takes a more restrictive approach. However, the two practices are coming closer.DISCOVER A NEW DRIVING EXPERIENCE T10/2004Registered in AU for tyres but refused in NZ.DISCOVER A NEW DRIVING EXPERIENCE: Deemed descriptive and non-distinctive. Other traders may wish to use similar phrase in relation to their own similar goods.
27Examples: ADVANCING VACCINE RESEARCH (class 5- refused) LEADING NEW ZEALAND ONLINE(classes 9 and 38- refused)FROM THOUGHT TO FINISH(classes 9, 16, 35, 36, 41 and 42 accepted)
28Extensions Section 32 - Commissioner may extend time (1) The Commissioner may, if satisfied in a particular case that there are genuine and exceptional circumstances that justify an extension of time, extend the time specified by these regulations for a step to be taken, except where these regulations stipulate that time must not be extended.
29Extensions of timeRequests must be received before the examination deadlineDetail the genuine and exceptional reasonsX No feeX Submissions within the deadline - no need for an extensionCited expired but restorable marks - request an extensionX not abeyance (subject to proceedings sec 44)X Chaser letters could delay action
30Dividing an application We divide out the compliant aspect of the application - “problem stays with the parent”.Deadline for the child application is the same as the parent.You cannot divide a mark out from an unacceptable series application.
31Adding a classRegulation 43 - Additional classes may be added after filing(2) The Commissioner may allow the addition of a class if—(a) the application for addition is made within 1 month after the application for registration is filed; and(b) the application is accompanied by the fee prescribed for an application to register in 1 class; and(c) the goods or services to which the additional class or classes relate are within the original specification.Concerns will be considered when Regulations are revised.
32Series MarksSection 5:(a) resemble each other in their material particulars; and(b) differ only in respect of—(i) statements of the goods or services for which they are, or are proposed to be, used; or(ii) statements of number, price, quality, or names of places; or(iii) other matters of a non-distinctive character that do not substantially affect the identity of the trade mark; or(iv) colour.
33Leading case lawLynson Australia Pty Ltd’s Application  9 IPR 350“Briefly, and only in general terms, the variation between members of a series must be such that no additional element or dimension is contributed thereby to the overall identity of the marks; the “idea” of the mark must remain the same”.Johnson and Johnson  28 IPR 167 at 169“not all trade marks which might be deceptively similar … will constitute a series”.
41Cartoon marksApplication by Johnson and Johnson  28 IPR 167 at 169
42Maori trade marksSection 17 - Absolute grounds for not registering trade mark:(1) The Commissioner must not register as a trade mark or part of a trade mark any matter—(c) the use or registration of which would, in the opinion of the Commissioner, be likely to offend a significant section of the community, including Maori.Section 177 - Advisory committee(1) The Commissioner must appoint an advisory committee.
43Maori Advisory Committee Ms Karen Te O Kahurangi Waaka (Chair)Mr Mauriora KingiMs Tui Te HauAssociate Professor Pare KeihaDr Deidre BrownMs Karen Te O Kahurangi Waaka (Chair of the Committee)Member of the Māori Trade Marks Focus Group established by the Ministry of Commerce in 1995Mr Mauriora KingiDirector of Kaupapa Māori at the Rotorua District Council10 years experience in local governmentMs Tui Te HauIncubator Manager for Creative HQ (previously the New Zealand Trade Commissioner to Melbourne)Associate Professor Pare KeihaDean of the Faculty of Māori Development AUTBoard member: Foundation for Research Science and Technology (FRST), Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), and the Waerenga-a-Hika Trust Board Director: Port of Gisborne Ltd and Gisborne City Holdings LtdDr Deidre BrownSenior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Auckland
44Maori Trade Marks Quarterly meetings Maori marks are sent to the committee unless they are covered by existing policy – e.g. KIWI marks“Offence not mild distaste”Meaning of word in another language does not avoid offencePrinciples of “Tapu”, “Mana” and “Noa”.
45Examples KOHA (for wine) HAKA (for wine) AORAKI (Cigarettes) KAIMATE (fertilisers)AORAKI = Mount CookKAI MATE = Dead Food
46The Hearings Office 3 staff + 4 Hearings Officers Jenny Walden and Brian JonesTurnaround times:Notices of Opposition, Revocation, Invalidity – 5 daysCorrespondence -15 daysDecisions – 6 weeks
47Oppositions Regulation 75 - Time for filing notice of opposition (1) A party who opposes an application for registration of a trade mark must file a notice of opposition with the Commissioner within 3 months after the date when acceptance of registration was first advertised.(2) The Commissioner may, if requested, extend the deadline for filing a notice of opposition—(a) by up to 1 month, without the applicant's consent; and(b) by up to 2 months, with the applicant's consent.(3) The Commissioner must not extend the deadline after the deadline has expired.Caution. Be careful when requesting a 2 month extension with the owner’s consent. If you do not get consent from the owner, and you are outside the 1 month window for an extension without consent, you will not get an extension.Request a halt of proceedings if you are concerned (Regulation 28- up to 6 months)
48Oppositions Section 48 - Applicant's counter-statement (1) An applicant to whom a notice of opposition has been sent must, within the prescribed time, send to the Commissioner a counter- statement of the grounds on which the applicant relies for his or her application.(2) If an applicant does not send a counter-statement to the Commissioner within the prescribed time (Regulation months), the applicant is deemed to have abandoned the application.BENEFIVE T08/ refused extension request after deadline to file counterstatement.
49Oppositions Regulation 32 Commissioner may extend time Tip (1) The Commissioner may, if satisfied in a particular case that there are genuine and exceptional circumstances that justify an extension of time, extend the time specified by these regulations for a step to be taken, except where these regulations stipulate that time must not be extended.TipRegulation 28 - the Hearings Office will halt proceedings if there is consent from both sides (up to 6 months).
50Revocation for non-use 96 Owner or licensee may oppose revocation by filing counter-statement and evidence of use(1) The owner or licensee of a trade mark that is the subject of an application for revocation for non-use may oppose the application by filing the following documents within 2 months after the owner or licensee received the application:(a) a counter-statement that complies with regulation ; and(b) evidence of—(i) the use of the mark; or(ii) special circumstances of the kind referred to in section of the Act.BENEFIX T14/ allowed extension request under Reg. 32 after deadline to file counterstatement and evidence of use.
51Invalidity X-1R (stylised and device)T32/2007 The applicant’s evidence must establish a prima facie case to overcome the ‘presumption of registrability’ of the subject mark even if the invalidity action is undefended.Background: HK distributor had registered mark in NZ. Applicant had exclusive Asia/Pacific distributorship agreement (covering NZ). Applicant argued its AU registration, and that its mark was well known in NZ, such that confusion or deception was likely.Held: The evidence filed by the applicant did not establish a prima facie case on the balance of probabilities. It was dated after the filing date of the invalidity action and did not clearly show who was promoting the mark. This was important as both parties were selling the product in NZ.
52Tips Critical deadlines - Notice of Opposition, Counterstatement Make sure you file extension request before deadline.We track all correspondence by the IP numberMake sure you use IP number in all subject lines and letter headings.Use the Hearings OfficeDo not use the normal IPONZ address for proceedingsOnline correspondenceAttach all correspondence as ‘Hearings Office Correspondence’.
54Hearing Statistics January 2009 February 2009 Oppositions 13 14 Revocations1115Invalidity1Decisions Issued32
55Hearings Office- General matters Decisions of the Commissioner - new search engineOpposition list on the websiteRevocation guidelines are being preparedFormal rejection
56Trade Marks (International Treaties and Enforcement) Amendment Bill 2008 Accession to:The Madrid Protocol - similar provisions to AU and SGNice Agreement - 3rd schedule marks compulsory reclassificationSingapore Treaty.The intention behind the Singapore Treaty is to simplify and harmonise international trade mark registration procedures. Only minimal changes to New Zealand law are required in order to bring New Zealand into line with this Treaty.
57Main Changes Improved border protection measures – Customs NZ The National Enforcement Unit (NEU) will have investigative and enforcement powersRemoves provisions for recording licencesAuthorised user may bring infringement proceedings (determined by license agreement)Parallel import provision strengthened.
58Comparative examination project Stage oneA comparison of 200 trade mark applications which were examined in by both offices to determine similarities and differences in outcomes, and a review of each offices procedural manuals.Stage twoInvestigated the potential for harmonisation of trade mark examination outcomes through the concurrent examination of about 300 trade mark applications.Next StageBoth offices are considering future directions for the project including, the possibility of each office recognising prior decisions previously made in the other office (where practical).
59IPONZ – Future direction Paperless office – evidence onlineAU / NZ comparative examination projectIPONZ Practice Guidelines reviewCourts are now referring to the Practice Guidelines - Purple decisionAnimation marksProposed practice guidelinesQuality control.
60TM OFFICE CONTACTS Ingrid Bayliss: Jeanette Palliser: Simon Pope: DDI:Jeanette Palliser:DDI:Simon Pope:DDI:Call centre – IPONZ frontline customer service staff. They can help you navigate our website, update your user accounts and let you know who at IPONZ is responsible for your case file.s – subject line information should include the IP number.