Release of new gTLDs uncorks a wave of criticism

The recent release of a number of new generic top level domain (gTLDs) names by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) including. vin and. Read More

The marvel of intellectual property rights: How Jack Kirby will be remembered for his contributions to the Marvel universe

In early 2013, the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed Warner Bros and DC Comics’ ownership of all Superman intellectual property rights. Read More

'Green coke' pioneer seeking to raise capital on NZ equity crowdfunding platform Snowball Effect

Baldwins’ client CarbonScape is seeking to raise a minimum of $400,000 and up to a maximum of $1. 5 million through the equity crowdfunding platform Snowball Effect. Read More

Contributory infringement – New Zealand strengthens patent owners’ position against suppliers of products having infringing uses

The New Zealand Patents Act 2013 (the Act) strengthens the position of patent owners by introducing new rules relating to “contributory infringement”. Read More

Full Federal Court confirms isolated genes to remain patent eligible in Australia

This month we continue our coverage of the ongoing dispute before the Australian Courts to determine the patent eligibility of isolated human genetic material. Read More

Savvy Vineyards 3552 Limited & Or v Kakara Estate Limited & Or [2014] NZSC 121 – assignment and novation

The Supreme Court recently delivered an important judgment in the area of assignment [1] and novation [2] of contracts. Read More

Plain packaging of tobacco products: a further look here and there

In our last newsletter we discussed plain packaging of tobacco products in New Zealand and Australia.   This month, we take a look at the situation in Ireland and the United Kingdom. Read More

Challenging Patent Applications – To Oppose or Revoke?

New Zealand’s new Patents Act 2013 is now fully in force. Read More

.nz domain names available from 30 September 2014

New Zealand domain names ending in. nz but without a second level, such as. co and. net will be available from 30 September 2014. Read More

Delayed issuance of official notices from the China Trademark Office

Due to serious faults arising from a computer system upgrade, the China Trademark Office (“CTMO”) ceased issuing official notices from April 2014. Read More