It is standard advice that we issue every time a new intellectual property right is registered with the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (“IPONZ”); make sure that you keep your contact details up to date and advise us of any changes.

With recent changes to the IPONZ ‘returned mail’ process, however, the importance of maintaining accurate contact details increases.  IPONZ announced that as of 8 March it will no longer re-send any standard mail that is returned due to an invalid address for service.  IPONZ will also cease its practice of subsequently attempting to locate the owners.

Failing to respond to important correspondence can have serious consequences. In the case of renewal or contentious proceeding related correspondence, a failure to receive and subsequently respond to such correspondence may result in the loss of the registered right. 

In the event of a change of address, therefore, it is very important that a notice of this change is filed with IPONZ.  If you use an agent to manage your intellectual property, any such changes should be notified to your agent as they occur so that they can pass on communications received from IPONZ on your behalf.