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10 Feb 2016

First Reading of the Patents (Trans-Tasman Patent Attorneys and Other Matters) Amendment Bill

The Patents (Trans-Tasman Patent Attorneys and Other Matters) Amendment Bill (“Bill”) was read for the first time in Parliament on 9 February 2016 and has now been referred to the Commerce Select Committee for review and submissions. This Bill aims to amend the Patents Act 2013 (“Act”) to simplify applying for patents in both Australia and New Zealand by... Read more

02 Feb 2016

My Other Bag’s a Parody… Judge encourages Louis Vuitton to have a sense of humour

When it comes to famous trade marks, no other fashion house compares to the distinction and recognition afforded to Louis Vuitton’s iconic ‘LV’ monogram.  Much more than just a design or a trade mark, the renowned LV logo is a status symbol and statement of luxury and exclusivity. To protect the significant value in its... Read more

02 Feb 2016

World’s leading trade mark professionals announced: Baldwins included in WTR1000 2016 rankings

Baldwins Intellectual Property has been named as a recommended firm in the World Trademark Review 1000 2016 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals. In addition, partners Sue Ironside and Penny Catley have received individual recognition in this year's edition. Published in January each year, the WTR 1000 guide serves as the definitive tool for locating the best trade... Read more
World’s leading trade mark professionals announced: Baldwins included in WTR1000 2016 rankings

25 Jan 2016

Baldwins’ 2015 chemistry prize winner(s) recognised

For the last 13 years, Baldwins has been involved in the ‘Issues in Drug Design and Development’ (CHEM 392) course at The University of Auckland. Each year Baldwins award a $500 prize for the top achiever in the paper. CHEM392 covers intellectual property and patent law in the pharmaceutical industry, an overview of the legal and regulatory framework for drug design... Read more

25 Jan 2016

Master of BioScience Enterprise Baldwins’ prize winner recognised

Each year Baldwins' awards a prize to the top achiever in the Law & IP (SCIENT 704) paper of the Master of BioScience Enterprise degree at the University of Auckland. The award is designed to reward excellence in IP and encourage the graduates to consider future employment in this area. The 2015 winner was Dominique Squires-Newby.  The Masters... Read more

23 Dec 2015

Computer implemented patents still out of favour in Australia

In Commissioner of Patents v RPL Central Pty Ltd [2015] FCAFC 177 the Full Federal Court has unanimously ruled against a computer implemented invention in an innovation patent application.  This decision follows the Research Affiliates decision (Research Affiliates LLC v Commissioner of Patents [2014] FCAFC 150 earlier this year and suggests that patent applications will face a rigorous test in Australia if they... Read more

17 Dec 2015

A new look for a new year

  We are delighted to announce the launch of a new look for Baldwins. After considering how we look from the outside and listening to how people really see us, we realised the cover had lost touch with the story inside.  We hope you’ll agree our new look more accurately reflects the way we are today with... Read more

16 Dec 2015

Global IP stats released for 2014; NZ shows good growth in patent applications and good showing on innovation indicators

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has released its annual report detailing global statistics on intellectual property (IP).  The report - World Intellectual Property Indicators 2015 (WIPI 2015) - provides a wide range of data covering many areas of IP including patents, trademarks, industrial designs, microorganisms and plant varieties.    Drawing on data from national and regional IP offices, WIPO... Read more

11 Dec 2015

.brands – the growth of new domains

In 2013, agreements were signed for the first batch of new sponsored generic top-level domains (gTLDs) under the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN) expansion policy. Among the applicants for new gTLDs were 594 brand owners, seeking ownership of 675 of their own ‘.brand’ domains. .brand domains are defined specifically as those where the operator of the domain... Read more

11 Dec 2015

Early Christmas present for businesses with links to Korea

The government have announced that the New Zealand – Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA) will come into force on 20 December 2015.  Negotiations towards an FTA with Korea commenced in 2009. The 20th of December 2015 will see the first cut in tariffs which will be quickly followed by a second round of cuts on 1 January 2016. Overall, approximately 98% of tariffs on New Zealand... Read more
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