Parliament has given a third reading to the Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Amendment Bill, which enables wine and spirit makers to register the geographical origin of their products.
The Bill amends the Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Act 2006 to address issues which were identified with the principal Act - which is still not in force.
The new amending legislation will come into force on the day after it receives the Royal assent, with Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith saying the principal Act is expected to come into force sometime in 2017.
Mr Goldsmith says the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) will administer the Act and has completed preparation for implementation. "The next step is finalising the regulations," he says.
IPONZ information on the legislation says the amendment Act was introduced "to ensure a smooth registration process".
The Act creates a Geographical Indications Register and provides a regime for registering place names as GIs for wine or spirits. Both New Zealand and foreign GIs will be registrable.