The Nice Agreement, as revised and amended, will enter into force, with respect to New Zealand, on 16 October 2013. Until then, the IPKat wonders, and indeed thereafter, how will the good folk of Tokelau be classifying their goods and services for the purpose of trade mark registration? Does anyone know? Merpel adds: Tokelau has a population of just 1,411 -- only 100 more than the number of staff who work in WIPO's Geneva headquarters. That's just over 31 people for each Nice Class.
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Intellectual PropertyBill which might, in the fullness of time, all things being equal, become the Intellectual Property Act. The publication of this Bill has triggered an outcome which appears quite unrelated to its content, but never mind: it appears that the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel (OPC) is currently conducting a survey into the usefulness of explanatory notes [brief explanation: UK legislation is accompanied by explanatory notes which range from the helpful to whatever the opposite of helpful is. These notes are not legally binding and are not used in interpretation, but can be useful if they say things like "This Act transposes the XYZ Directive into UK law"]. The OPC welcomes views from stakeholders, who are invited to access the survey here. Says Merpel, if the OPC really welcomes views from stakeholders, it wouldn't get the IPO Designs Review Team to send this out on a sunny afternoon in the middle of the holiday period and give just one short week for people to respond (the survey closes at the end of the month).