Issue 35 – February 2012
International Patent Classification 2012.01
The International Patent Classification (IPC) version 2012.01 came into force on 1 January 2012. Intellectual Property Office New Zealand (IPONZ) examiners will use the new version to classify applications accepted and published in New Zealand Patent Office from Journal 1591 (January 2012) onwards.
Searching published patents
Patents applied for before 1 January 2012 are not automatically reclassified, may retain retired IPC symbols, and may not include symbols introduced in the new version. When searching for a patent, IPONZ recommends that you use symbols from both the current and earlier versions of the IPC for a complete search.
Nice classification 10th edition
The tenth edition of the International (Nice) Classification of Goods and Services for the purposes of the registration of trade marks came into effect on 1 January 2012.
Summarised from IPONZ latest News December 2011.