An expensive lesson in licensing – when exclusively performing an act does not make you an exclusive licensee

It’s generally well understood that in a number of jurisdictions an exclusive licensee can initiate infringement proceedings. Read More

Breaking with Tradition: Japan opens the gates to new types of Trade Mark

From the first of April 2015, it has been possible to file applications for registration for five new types of trade marks in Japan, with an influx of some 471 applications on the first day of availability. Read More

Passing off in the UK, Australia and New Zealand: A divergence in criteria

On 13 May 2015, the UK Supreme Court [1] affirmed the traditional requirements for the tort of passing off. Read More

Don’t be .SUCKER punched by the latest domain extension!

Brand owners!  Have you heard about the. sucks domain names?  Sunrise registrations for the TLD opened on 30 March and Instagram, Bank of America and Keven Spacey have already secured their. sucks. Read More

Celebrate World IP Day 2015 in Wellington – Get up, stand up. For music.

World IP Day aims to promote discussion of the role of intellectual property (IP) in encouraging innovation and creativity. Read More

2015 Air New Zealand Cargo ExportNZ Awards finalists found

Baldwins is proud to sponsor the 2015 Air New Zealand Cargo ExportNZ Awards. Read More

Laying in to 'Layout': the dangers of unregistered and non-distinctive branding

On 23 March 2015, the social-media savvy were shouting for joy at the release of Layout for Instagram, a new standalone app created by the Facebook-owned photo-sharing service. Read More

Encouraging Origins – Geographic Indications may finally become registrable in New Zealand.

New Zealand may finally be enacting legislation for Geographic Indications (“GIs”) for wine and spirits. Read More

A web of intrigue: How ‘Spider-Man’ is challenging patent licensing in the US

Comic book characters have seen more than their fair share of court action in recent years. [1]  This year, it’s Spider-Man who has caught the attention of the US courts. Read More

The selfie stick: 2014’s most divisive invention

2014 marked the year that the word “selfie” – for better or worse – was entered into the Oxford Dictionary. Read More