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Joann has posted an update on the status of the Koha trademark application for New Zealand. Since there was a lot of interest in this I am going to repost here. ūüôā I am sure she won’t mind…

Update 2 on NZ Koha Trademark

Well things have been very quiet on this front while the lawyers work through the process.

We are being represented by Andrew Matangi from Buddle Findlay with  input from Rochelle Furneaux and feel very confident that he has a good  understanding of the Koha journey over the last decade or so and how we  have got to where we are. He is also a specialist  in this area so we have been quite relieved to have his hand on the  tiller and plotting the course. These things take time and have to be done discretely of course, but a  key date has passed and I think it is okay now to update everyone on  progress.

A letter was sent to PTFS on the 19th January essentially outlining the grounds on which our objection to their NZ trademark application is based and asking them to assign their NZ trade mark application to the Trust.  We also attached a Koha Trademark Usage Policy  which the Library Trust recently adopted, following consultation with  the Koha Subcommittee. We advised that unless a response was received by noon NZ time on the 1st of February we would file formal opposition.

Well that date has passed without word and so a formal Notice of Opposition is being prepared. The process from here is set out on the IPONZ website.

So there it is, due process being followed and no resolution in sight  but we are still very confident that the right decision will be made.

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