Traditional Knowledge Laws: New Zealand

Title Trademarks Act 2002
Subject Matter Traditional Knowledge; Traditional Cultural Expressions
Issue(s) Scope of Protection
Type(s) of Legislation IP Law

Scope of Protection

Section 17 Absolute grounds for not registering trade mark: general

(1) The Commissioner must not register as a trade mark or part of a trade mark any matter—
      (a) the use of which would be likely to deceive or cause confusion; or
      (b) the use of which is contrary to New Zealand law or would otherwise be disentitled to protection in any court; or
      (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 Māori.