Case Commentary: Wyeth vs Ancare and ERMA

The Supreme Court in a recent decision clarified the basis on which ERMA could withhold information from the public in relation to hazardous substances. Read More

Personal Property Securities

In the same way real estate is frequently mortgaged as security to raise loans, it is also common practice for lenders or creditors in commercial transactions to require securities be given over business assets other than land,... Read More

Comvita: An international success story

Starting out in the basement of founder Claude Stratford’s New Zealand home, Comvita has gone on to become a world leader in the natural products industry. Read More

Case Commentary: Health World vs Shin-Sun Australia

This recent decision of the High Court of Australia addresses the meaning of "aggrieved" or "person aggrieved" i. e. standing to bring cancellation or removal proceedings against a registered trade mark. Read More

Budget 2010 - Support for Investment in Business R&D

The New Zealand Government released its plans for investment in research, science and technology in Budget 2010 on May 11. Read More

Stopped at the door

A single publication in a catalogue imported by a New Zealand company has been enough to stop a patent being granted to a Christchurch company for a doorstop. Read More

New 2LDs for Australia

In New Zealand, it is not possible to register a domain name directly with a country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) i. e. ‘. nz’.   A second level domain name (2LD) must be used. Read More

First Charges Laid Under the Major Events Management Act 2007

The first charges have been laid under the Major Events Management Act 2007 (“the Act”) after the New Zealand Customs Service intercepted a shipment of 1000 t-shirts bearing one of the International Rugby Board logos protected under the... Read More

Celebrating World Intellectual Property Day: Monday 26 April

On April 26, 2010, the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) and member firms across the world celebrate both the 10th anniversary of World Intellectual Property Day and the 40th anniversary of the entry into force of the... Read More

Beyond advertising - keeping your sales promotion within the law

Promoting a product by running a competition with exclusive prizes is a common way of promoting a new product or of boosting sales for an existing one. Read More