The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ)
has announced that it will be closed, firstly, on Monday, 14
November – and now, Tuesday, 15 November 2016. Any New
Zealand deadlines falling on either day extend automatically to the
next day that IPONZ is open; best estimates are that this will be
Wednesday, 16 November 2016.
Reason for closure of IPONZ
Due to the pending completion of building assessments in
Wellington, New Zealand, following an earthquake of magnitude 7.5
that occurred on Monday, 14 November 2016, the Commissioner has
deemed it necessary to close IPONZ at short notice. A positive
assessment is required before businesses are able to re-open
following an earthquake.
Deadlines that fall on a day when IPONZ is closed
If the deadline for filing an application or document falls on a
day when IPONZ is closed, it can be filed the next day IPONZ is
open – and will be deemed to have been filed on time.
Statutory basis for closing IPONZ at short notice
The closure of IPONZ at short notice is provided for under
section 224 of the Patents Act 2013, section 189 of the
Trade Marks Act 2002 and section 45A of the Designs
Outlook for Wednesday
Aftershocks are continuing. Indeed, some of the aftershocks have
registered 5.5 on the Richter scale. The progress of the required
building assessment prior to re-opening has been hindered by flash
flooding and gale force winds buffeting Wellington at present. It
is hoped that IPONZ will re-open tomorrow, Wednesday, 16 November
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