What the %@#*! –
The Registration of Scandalous and Offensive Trade Marks

Presented by Gillian Nelson, Trade Mark Executive, AJ Park

Defining and limiting the standards in evaluating when a trade mark is considered scandalous and offensive. An overview of how different jurisdictions approach the registrability of scandalous or offensive trade marks, and how New Zealand has broken the mould.


Gillian is a trade mark specialist at AJ Park. Over the last five years, Gillian has worked with a range of international and local clients, building an interest in the subtle (and not so subtle) differences between trade mark law and practice across different jurisdictions.

Wellington Meeting

DATE: Tuesday, 12 December 2017
TIME: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
VENUE: Offices of AJ Park
Level 22, State Insurance Tower,
1 Willis Street,
COST: NZ$20.00 Members
NZ$35.00 Non-members
RSVP: Friday, 8 December 2017 (by email or post)

Christchurch and Hamilton

(Study group session with recording)

DATE: Monday, 18 December 2017
TIME: 12:00 pm
VENUES: Offices of James & Wells,
Level 12 KPMG Centre,
85 Alexandra Street,
Offices of James & Wells,
Level 4, State Insurance Building,
88 Division Street,
COST: NZ$20.00 Members
NZ$35.00 Non-members
RSVP: Thursday, 14 December 2017 (by email or post)



All attendees of our Wellington and Auckland meetings will earn CPD points. Study groups in Hamilton and Christchurch where recordings of the seminars will be watched and open for discussion at the groups will be held on 1 November at 12noon.  Any questions unanswered at the groups will be followed up with the presenter.  This complies for CPD as per Law Society requirements.

Attendees at any of the above meetings who have RSVP’d and paid (or arranged payment) will receive a letter confirming their attendance for the purposes of CPD requirements.


To register for this meeting, please return the below form as below:

Registration Form

Alison van Wyk, c/- Richmond Chambers
PO Box 1008, Shortland Street Auckland
Phone (09) 600 5500
Email: alison@richmondchambers.co.nz

Cancellations / Refunds
Cancellations after the RSVP date are non-refundable however are transferable to another member.