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28 Sep 2016

Baldwins recognised as a top performer in New Zealand and Asia-Pacific

Baldwins is proud to share some recent recognition achieved by the firm and its individuals at the 2016 New Zealand Law Awards and the 2016 Asia IP Awards. New Zealand Law Awards 2016 For another year, Baldwins has been named a finalist at the NZ Law Awards for the IP Specialist Firm of the Year category. The awards, which are in their 12th... Read more

20 Sep 2016

Have your say: NZ Govt seeks feedback on possible changes to divisional patent application practice

The New Zealand Government is seeking feedback on proposed amendments to how divisional patent applications that are still proceeding under the old 1953 Patents Act are dealt with. The consultation document and details about making a submission can be found here. The deadline for submissions is Friday, 14 October 2016. The new Patents Act 2013 came into force in New Zealand about 2 years... Read more

31 Aug 2016

IP Australia confirms patent and trade mark fee changes

IP Australia has confirmed changes to its official administration fees for patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeder's rights with the signing of the Intellectual Property Legislation Amendment (Fee review) Regulation 2016 on 17 August 2016. The new fees will take effect from 10 October 2016.  Some notable changes include the lower up-front cost for trade mark registration... Read more

31 Aug 2016

Celebrating 120 years

Baldwins, one of New Zealand’s oldest and largest intellectual property firms, celebrated its 120 year anniversary in August, by bringing all our staff from across New Zealand together for a memorable event in Auckland. Reaching the age of 120 years is something few businesses attain and wider awareness of this milestone has led people to express renewed interest in our... Read more
Celebrating 120 years

25 Aug 2016

UK Intellectual Property Office releases first statement post “Brexit”

On 23 June 2016, the United Kingdom (UK) voted to leave the European Union (EU). This has resulted in uncertainty as to the future of UK intellectual property rights. Shortly after the vote, we published an initial article about “Brexit” and the future of UK and EU IP rights, which is available here.  The UK Intellectual Property Office has... Read more

17 Aug 2016

MBIE survey copyright in the creative sector – closes 19 August

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment  (MBIE) has announced it is undertaking a study to gain a better understanding of the creative sector and how it interacts with the copyright and designs regimes.  As part of this study, New Zealand’s creative sector are invited to participate in a survey in order to help MBIE... Read more

11 Aug 2016

Cook Islands accession to WIPO: progress for Pacific intellectual property

The Cook Islands has become a party to the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO Convention). WIPO is designed to help realise the benefits of intellectual property by providing forums, services and technical infrastructure to connect intellectual property systems. Its primary services include management of the international systems for patents, trademarks and designs (established by the... Read more

08 Aug 2016

Extensions of term for patents in New Zealand – how will they be affected by the TPPA?

One of the most controversial aspects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) was the prospect that New Zealand would be forced into allowing extensions to the term of patents and that this could result in higher prices for medicines. In this article we talk about what patent term extensions are, how they are calculated and compare the present proposals for... Read more

05 Aug 2016

The end of a long campaign – Supreme Court denies Sequenom’s petition

The United States Supreme Court has denied Sequenom’s petition to review decisions by lower courts in which its patent directed to non-invasive prenatal screening was held to be invalid.  Many in the biotech and software industries hoped Sequenom’s petition would serve as a vehicle for the Supreme Court to step back from the strong language... Read more

28 Jul 2016

Recognising top talent: Baldwins announces two promotions for 2016

We look after talented IP specialists so they can look after our clients. That’s why we recently promoted dispute resolution specialist, Thomas Huthwaite to Senior Associate, and patent expert, David Koedyk to Associate.  Thomas Huthwaite is a member of Baldwins’ dispute resolution team in our Wellington office. A barrister and solicitor and a registered patent attorney,... Read more
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