The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) has updated its practice guidelines and online services to allow for the partial renewal of a trade mark. This can be done by either alteration or division of the existing trade mark.

If a client would only like to renew their trade mark for certain classes, they can alter their registration by striking out the classes they do not wish to renew. Once the alteration is made, the trade mark can be renewed for the remaining classes.

If a client is unsure if they want to renew their trade mark for all classes at the time renewal becomes due, they may divide out the classes they are uncertain about into a separate trade mark. The classes remaining in the original registration can then be renewed and the classes they do not want to renew can be removed by alteration of the registration, as explained above. The client then has one year, in which the divided registration will have a status of expired but restorable, to decide if they want to renew the trade mark for those other classes.

Requests to alter or divide a trade mark can take up to 15 working days to be processed. Such requests should therefore be filed prior to the date for renewal of the trade mark.