Some rights reserved: Creative Commons and the new era of copyright

Copyright is a relatively old form of intellectual property: a set of rules about how an original work can and cannot be treated. Read More

Where there is smoke there is fire: plain packaging of tobacco products

In 2012, Australia became the first country in the world to legislate for plain packaging of tobacco. Cigarettes, pipe tobacco and cigar products sold in Australia must now be in plain, olive-brown packets. Read More

Marketing Claims: Your Obligations

On 17 June 2014 the Consumer Law Reform Bill brought into effect a number of changes to consumer laws. Read More

New Zealand’s Response to the Global Rise of Corruption and Match-Fixing in Sport (update)

The Crimes (Match-fixing) Amendment Bill has recently passed its first reading in Parliament with unanimous support. Read More

Interim Guidelines for the classification and labelling of Manuka Honey

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has developed an ‘Interim Labelling Guide for Manuka Honey’, in an attempt to provide some direction to an industry suffering from a lack of consensus over the definition of manuka honey and... Read More

TPP, CETA and IP – Can New Zealand Learn from the Canadian Anagram?

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations continue to struggle on with the inclusion of Mexico, Canada and, more recently, Japan, adding further complexity, particularly in relation to agricultural market access. Read More

Copyright: another important way to protect your IP Assets in China

If you are operating in China, you will be conscious about “protecting your business assets”. You will also be aware how important it is to have original documentation and proof of ownership in this jurisdiction. Read More

New Patent Law for New Zealand – Saving on Renewal Fees

New Zealand’s new Patents Act 2013 comes into force on 13 September 2014.   The new Act will increase the cost to renew a granted patent in New Zealand. Read More

Have your say on the Government’s science investment

The Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has released a draft National Statement of Science Investment setting out the proposed future direction for, and coordination of, science investment in New Zealand. Read More

Law Reforms Influence Demand for Patents Down Under

* * Australia Raises the Bar IP Australia (IPA) experienced a 13% growth in annual patent filings in 2013, as patent owners rushed to file their applications ahead of significant reforms to Australia’s patent legislation. Read More