How to sink your patent before you’ve even filed it

Most inventors realise that they shouldn’t show their ideas to too many people before they have applied for patent protection. Read More

Status Update of US Patent Law Practice during the Federal Government Shutdown

A general shutdown of the US Government began on October 1, 2013 as the fight over ‘Obamacare’ (the Affordable Care Act) intensifies. Read More

Ready, Steady… Oppose – Fast Track Oppositions in the United Kingdom

One of the hallmarks of trade mark opposition proceedings can be the often drawn out process. Read More

gTLDs: New USPTO Trade Mark Examination Guidelines

The United States Patent and Trade Mark Office (USPTO) has updated its current policy and procedures for examining trade mark applications comprising generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs). Read More

Legislative protection for the 28th Māori Battalion

In 1981, Parliament passed the Flags, Emblems and Names Protection Act, giving formal protection to flags, emblems and names of national significance. Read More

Whose line is it anyway? Social media guidelines part II

Social media websites make it easier to share content than ever before. Read More

Delay in enforcing rights proves costly for Winnebago

Knott Investments Pty Limited v Winnebago Industries, Inc [2013] FCAFC 59 (an appeal from the decision of Foster J in Winnebago Industries, Inc v Knott Investments Pty Ltd (No 2) [2012] FCA 785) is an intriguing case... Read More

Mr Whippy: A name worth fighting for

Tired of sprinting after the Mr Whippy truck to get a scoop of soft serve? There is now a stationary way to enjoy the treat. Read More

Micro-organisms to Remain Patentable Subject Matter in New Patents Act

Despite submissions by Green Party MP Steffan Browning to have all forms of life, including micro-organisms, excluded from patentability, Parliament has ultimately ruled in favour of their inclusion as patentable subject matter in the new Patents Act. Read More

Baldwins nominated for three categories at the 2013 Asia IP Awards

Baldwins has been named as a finalist in three categories for the 2013 Asia IP Awards, the annual awards from Asia IP an intellectual property magazine focusing on Asia and the Pacific. Read More