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27 Apr 2016

2016 Air New Zealand Cargo ExportNZ Awards finalists announced

Baldwins is proud to sponsor the 2016 Air New Zealand Cargo ExportNZ Awards.  An outstanding cross-section of New Zealand companies have made it through as finalists in the 2016 Air New Zealand Cargo ExportNZ Awards for Auckland and Waikato. From household names to start-up businesses, judges have been impressed with the calibre of entries received this year, especially as this is... Read more
2016 Air New Zealand Cargo ExportNZ Awards finalists announced

22 Apr 2016

Google writes history: The end of “Authors Guild v. Google”

This week marked the end to a decade-long copyright dispute between the Authors Guild and Google. The dispute started in 2005, when the Authors Guild (a writers’ advocacy organisation) alleged that Google was committing mass copyright infringement by scanning book collections as part of the Google Books Library Project. A US District Court in 2013, and a US Court of Appeals... Read more

21 Apr 2016

Equity Crowdfunding and Intellectual Property - a Quick Guide

Baldwins’ Associate, Tim Stirrup has written a blog post for equity crowdfunding platform, Snowball Effect. Tim provides an introduction to the various types of intellectual property and a few useful tips for those considering crowdfunding offers or investment. Equity crowdfunding is undoubtedly here to stay. It’s an excellent way for SMEs to access growth capital... Read more

13 Apr 2016

Before you play, “check” if you’re infringing copyright

Recent efforts by the broadcasters of the world chess championship to restrict access to progress updates during match play highlights some interesting financial and product development dilemmas due to copyright issues.  First, some background: chess is played and followed by millions in practically every country in the world. It also has an extensive specialist literature, and is the playground... Read more

12 Apr 2016

Baldwins named finalists at 2016 Australasian Law Awards

Shortlisting affirms Baldwins position as a leading provider of IP services in Australasia. Baldwins is delighted to be named as a finalist in the ‘IP Specialist Firm of the Year’ category at the 2016 Australasian Law Awards. Following a firm’s nomination, the judging team conducts in-depth interviews, collects third party information and draws on its own stock... Read more
Baldwins named finalists at 2016 Australasian Law Awards

06 Apr 2016

Kiddee Case allowed to ‘ride-on’ despite Trunki Community Registered Design

The United Kingdom Supreme Court delivered its decision in the Trunki vs Kiddee Case design infringement matter in March 2016. In reaching its decision, the Court considered the extent to which a product’s surface decoration ought to be considered when determining infringement of a registered design. Magmatic Limited (Magmatic) manufactures and sells children’s suitcases under the TRUNKI... Read more
Kiddee Case allowed to ‘ride-on’ despite Trunki Community Registered Design

31 Mar 2016

“Batmobile” decision stands, as US Supreme Court denies petition

Since the release of the ‘Batmobile’ decision in September 2015, many commentators have been vocal about the potential wide-reaching effects of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision.[1]  Few have been more vocal about the decision than legal counsel for the defendant, Mark Towle of Gotham Garage.[2] There are two main reasons for concern.  First, the... Read more

23 Mar 2016

First Reading for Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Amendment Bill

The long awaited Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Amendment Bill (the “Bill”) which amends the Geographical Indications (Wines and Spirits) Registration Act (the “Act”) passed its first reading in Parliament on 17 March 2016 and has been referred to the Primary Production Committee for review and submissions.   The Bill addresses issues identified with the Act, which... Read more

18 Mar 2016

Wild West of Instagram: The Quick (#Repost) and the Dead (Copyright)

Two current cases in the United States, a class action lawsuit and recently filed complaint, have brought to the fore serious copyright issues for Instagram’s 300 million users. The right to use photos posted on social networks is a pervasive, current, but largely uncertain intellectual property issue.  This issue may pose problems for those who fail to give... Read more
Wild West of Instagram: The Quick (#Repost) and the Dead (Copyright)

16 Mar 2016

Spam Scams: beware of unsolicited IP services being offered to IP holders

There has recently been an increase in the number of unsolicited or fraudulent letters or emails purporting to offer services such as IP protection, promotion, advertising, or renewal of registered IP rights and domain names.  Many scam letters/emails look official.  However, these unsolicited letters are not affiliated with or endorsed by the Intellectual Property Office of New... Read more
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