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11 Aug 2017

Securing software patents in New Zealand

This article is the first of a two-part series on the state of software patents in New Zealand and Australia. We begin by examining the guidelines and current practice of software patentability in New Zealand, and comparing this with other major jurisdictions including Europe and the United States. In most jurisdictions worldwide there is debate over the extent to which... Read more
Securing software patents in New Zealand

07 Aug 2017

Zespri International wins Supreme Award at 2017 AmCham DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards

The 18th annual AmCham DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards were held at the Pullman Auckland Hotel on Thursday 3rd August, with Zespri International winning the Supreme Award for trade with the United States. Baldwins is proud to support the American Chamber of Commerce and our team was thrilled to recieve a special plaque in recognition of a milestone quarter... Read more

04 Aug 2017

Divisional dilemmas – tricks and traps for New Zealand practice

The Patents Act 2013 introduced significant changes in practice around divisional patent applications in New Zealand. This article summarises the main changes and particularly some of the new requirements that may cause issues for unwary applicants. Continue reading to find out more about the important changes to divisional practice including some helpful take home tips.     In the almost three... Read more

20 Jul 2017

Intellectual property – where do I start?!

For many businesses (particularly start-ups and SMEs) the upfront cost of obtaining registered intellectual property (IP) rights can be daunting.  However, securing such rights, whether it be a trade mark, patent or design registration, can be hugely valuable.  Registered IP rights secure you a certain monopoly over your competitors, give you more robust legal weapons to enforce your... Read more
Intellectual property – where do I start?!

20 Jul 2017

Baldwins named among world’s leading patent professionals for 2017

Baldwins has been named as a recommended firm in Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine’s annual IAM Patent 1000 guide for 2017. Featuring in both the patent prosecution and litigation & transaction rankings, Baldwins is described as a “prime pick for patent holders looking to navigate the local market”.  In addition, Wes Jones, Tim Jackson, Chris Way and... Read more
Baldwins named among world’s leading patent professionals for 2017

14 Jul 2017

2017 KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Award winners announced

Winners of the fifth annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards, designed to celebrate commercialisation success within New Zealand’s universities and Crown Research Institutes, were announced at a reception in Auckland last night. Baldwins is proud to be a major partner of KiwiNet and to support research commercialisation in New Zealand. The 2017 KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards winners are: Norman F.... Read more

13 Jul 2017

IP Australia announces new IP Mediation Referral Service

IP Australia has established an IP Mediation Referral Service which provides information about qualified, accredited and specialist mediation providers. Read this article to find out more about the service and factors to consider when determining whether mediation is the right choice for you.  Mediation is used all around the world to resolve various types of disputes and can be... Read more

07 Jul 2017

Kiwis Jump in the Fast Lane: New Zealand joins the Global Patent Prosecution Highway

The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) announced yesterday that New Zealand has joined the Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) pilot programme. The GPPH allows faster examination of a patent application based on a favourable examination outcome of a corresponding application in another GPPH country. What is the GPPH? The GPPH is a multilateral agreement between patent offices that... Read more
Kiwis Jump in the Fast Lane: New Zealand joins the Global Patent Prosecution Highway

30 Jun 2017

Top talent recognised: Baldwins announces three promotions for 2017

We look after talented IP specialists so they can look after our clients. That’s why we recently promoted Kate Giddens to Senior Associate, and Dr Victoria Argyle and Harriet Tregonning to Associate.  “We are excited to recognise the development of our IP specialists, it exhibits our commitment to grow the firm and promote from within. The... Read more

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
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