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22 Jun 2017

Don’t use that tone(r) with me: How first sale can exhaust IP rights

This article discusses the legality of parallel importing in light of a recent US case. Impression Products acquired used Lexmark printer toner cartridges overseas, refilled, and then imported the filled cartridges into the US.  Lexmark sued Impression for patent infringement, and was successful before the US District and Federal Courts.  The US Supreme Court overturned those decisions; the... Read more

19 Jun 2017

Geographical Indications: Ready, Set…Almost Go

The long awaited Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Act 2006 (GI Act), and accompanying regulations, look set to be implemented in New Zealand by late July. Speaking at a New Zealand Winegrowers event on 30 May, the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs the Honourable Jacqui Dean told winegrowers that “Legislation to enable the wine industry to formally register their... Read more

15 Jun 2017

Australian registered company holders targeted with ASIC email scam

Beware of a recent malicious email scam targeting Australian registered businesses. The email claims to be from the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC), the body that manages company registrations, and contains a link to download documents related to the renewal of a company registration. Appearing legitimate, many of these scam emails are known to contain malicious attachments, including ransomware,... Read more

01 Jun 2017

Geographical Indications:  On track for late July

The long awaited Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Act 2006 (GI Act), and accompanying regulations, look set to be implemented in New Zealand by late July. Speaking at a New Zealand Winegrowers event on 30 May, the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs the Honourable Jacqui Dean told winegrowers that “Legislation to enable the wine industry to formally register their... Read more

18 May 2017

A saving grace for your public disclosures

Publications are the currency of academia but can reduce the chances of successfully commercialising a new technology.  Why?  Public disclosure of an invention means the invention is no longer novel.  With novelty being a key patentability criterion, public disclosure can scupper your chances of getting a patent before you even apply.  However, some countries allow public... Read more

18 May 2017

Intervet chew on ownership of an invention in Australian patent opposition proceedings

This case concerns whether or not the rights to an invention of an Australian patent application had been successfully transferred from the inventors to a company, Intervet. After an unsuccessful opposition by Merial, Intervet’s Australian patent application was allowed to proceed to grant.  Merial appealed the decision to the Federal Court of Australia.  Merial’s... Read more

16 May 2017

Major Event – The Lions are coming!

International sporting events present exciting opportunities for businesses to generate publicity and make the most of increased visitor numbers.  However problems arise when parties seek to illegitimately associate themselves with the event – this is known as ambush marketing.     MEMA & the New Zealand Lions Series 2017 From 3 June to 8 July 2017 the British & Irish Lions[1] will... Read more

09 May 2017

Updated: Baldwins’ Auckland office reopens following flood

Baldwins' Auckland office was closed on Tuesday 9 May 2017, following a flood in the building overnight. The building has been repaired and the Auckland office has now reopened. Baldwins' Auckland office has reopened following a flood in the building on Tuesday 9 May 2017. The office was closed for one day, and urgent matters were handled through our Wellington and Christchurch offices. ... Read more

01 May 2017

Entries for AmCham DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards 2017 now open

Baldwins is a proud sponsor of the 2017 American Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand – DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards. The Awards celebrate business achievement between New Zealand and the United States. The annual Success & Innovation Awards provide an opportunity to showcase those companies that have demonstrated imagination, innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as honour and celebrate their... Read more

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
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