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13 Apr 2017

Baldwins recognised among top IP firms in Australasia

Baldwins is delighted to be named as one of eight finalists in the ‘IP Specialist Firm of the Year’ category at the 2017 Australasian Law Awards. This shortlisting, once again, demonstrates Baldwins as a leading provider of IP services in Australasia. The Awards judging team conducts in-depth interviews, collects third party information and draws on its own stock of... Read more

11 Apr 2017

Easter and Anzac Day Holiday Hours

Baldwins' offices will be closed to observe the Easter and Anzac Day Holidays in April 2017. If you require urgent assistance during this time please contact us at and one of our team will assist you. Easter Holiday Our offices will be closed to observe the Easter Holiday on the following dates: Friday 14 April 2017    ... Read more

10 Apr 2017

Baldwins welcomes Andy Locke to partnership

Baldwins Intellectual Property is pleased to announce the appointment of new partner, Andy Locke. His promotion grows the partnership to seven and strengthens the firm’s patent leadership, particularly in the mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and telecoms fields. Andy has more than 17 years’ experience specialising in patents and registered designs across the mechanical, electrical, telecommunications and medical... Read more

07 Apr 2017

Fee reductions for Chinese trade mark matters and what this means for protecting your brand

Recently the Chinese Trade Mark Office reduced its fees in relation to trade mark matters. Effective 1 April 2017, Office fees were reduced by 50 percent for trade mark applications, registrations, renewals, assignments and transfers, change of name or address, trade mark oppositions and cancellations.  The reduction in trade mark filing fees will be particularly useful for small enterprises and start-ups; where... Read more

27 Mar 2017

Children and young people’s advertising code released by the Advertising Standards Authority

On 3 March 2017, the New Zealand Advertising Standards Authority (the ASA) announced a new code to cover all advertising to children and young people. The Code recognises the need to protect children from information and material injurious to their well-being as championed by the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Code’s Principles and... Read more

20 Mar 2017

New Zealand Patents Act 2013 - Has the medical treatment exclusion failed?

The Patents Act 2013 expressly excludes patents for methods of medical treatment. The rationale is that medical practitioners should not be liable for providing treatment to those in need.  Swiss type claims are often used to get around the exclusion, especially where the invention is the new use of a known medicine.  However, a recent decision of the English... Read more

20 Mar 2017

Broad wins in CRISPR dispute

A decision has been reached by the United States Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) in relation to the ownership dispute between the Broad Institute and the University of California on CRISPR-Cas9 technology for genome editing.  The PTAB ruled Broad’s claims are not anticipated by UC’s patent application. The United States Patent Trial and Appeal... Read more

14 Mar 2017

India’s Intellectual Property Office updates trade mark rules in March 2017

The Indian Office of the Registrar of Trade Marks (the Office) has published amended Trade Mark Rules 2017 which came into effect on 6 March 2017.  These new rules amend the Trade Mark Rules 2002 and seek to make general and practical changes to the Indian trade mark system and improve India’s intellectual property regime overall. In particular, the rules seek... Read more

14 Mar 2017

From idea to market | maximising value from innovation - Techweek 2017

Join us for drinks and networking and find out how to make the most of your IP. When people think intellectual property (IP) they usually think patents, and they would be correct - patents are a valuable form of IP, but not the only one available to Kiwi innovators. Using IP strategically can protect your innovative ideas, assist you to... Read more

01 Mar 2017

Domain names: the foundation of online business

Domain names are an essential element to creating a strong online brand identity. How should you go about selecting the right domain name and protecting yourself and your business against cybersquatters? Our trade mark experts share some tips: As the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) points out, “the choice of a domain name has become an important business decision... Read more
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