Update on Implementation of the New Madrid IT System by WIPO
On 23 March 2016, the International Bureau (IB) upgraded its Madrid Registry operation system through the deployment of the Madrid International Registrations Information System (MIRIS).
The transition was anticipated to only impact the Madrid Registry’s operational performance for a few weeks and to have minimal impact on users. However, it is now clear that the transition period will take longer than expected and that users may be affected during this extended transition period.
In relation to International Applications originating from or designating New Zealand there have been significant ongoing delays in WIPO receiving Madrid trade mark applications from IPONZ and informing holders of and provisional refusals based on an opposition.
IPONZ is taking remedial action to minimize the impact of these issues for applicants while WIPO works through and resolves the issues. For example, IPONZ is unilaterally halting New Zealand opposition proceedings until a rights holder receiving notification of the provisional refusal based on an opposition to ensure that the right holder is not prejudiced.
23 May 2016