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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

22 Jul 2016

Kanye West ‘Waits’ to be sued amidst Taylor Swift ‘Famous’ controversy

Pop music superstar Kanye West’s “Famous” music video may become even more so, if celebrities including Taylor Swift, Anna Wintour, Donald Trump or Rihanna take legal action.  Kanye West’s response following backlash over the video suggested he might face just that, tweeting "Can somebody sue me already #I'llwait" (though deleting it shortly... Read more

22 Jul 2016

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience – no laughing matter

John Cleese is back in the limelight and not too pleased with live theatre show Faulty Towers, the Dining Experience which bears several similarities to the hit series Fawlty Towers co-wrote by Cleese.  This case reveals some salient points about IP protection, including: registered trade mark protection in all markets of interest is important to consider - registrations provide... Read more

21 Jul 2016

AmChamNZ-DHL Express Success and Innovation Awards finalists announced

Baldwins is a proud sponsor of 2016 AmCham-DHL Express Success and Innovation Awards, held in conjunction with Hawaiian Airlines. These awards celebrate success and innovation for New Zealand companies doing business with the USA. The finalists have now been announced and the awards will be presented in Auckland next month. “The USA represents a considerable export market for New Zealand... Read more

12 Jul 2016

New Zealand’s TTPA Amendment Bill – Patent Term Extension Consultation

Consultation on the proposed regulations for patent term extension provisions under the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) has been announced.  The TTPA Amendment Bill contains amendments to New Zealand legislation required to implement New Zealand's obligations under the TPPA. Interested parties can make submissions on the consultation document by 8 August 2016. The consultation document can be found... Read more

11 Jul 2016

Geographical Indications: Ready or Not Here They Come

Last week, the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) released the draft Geographic Indications (Wines and Spirits) Registration Regulations 2016 (“Regulations”) for review and comment.   As the draft Regulations are reasonably extensive, this article gives an initial overview of some of the interesting aspects of the Regulations including the all-important proposed fee structure.  Our more... Read more

06 Jul 2016

USPTO Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Program

On 29 June 2016, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the implementation of a pilot program to accelerate examination of patent applications having at least one claim to a method of treating a cancer with immunotherapy.[i]  This follows in the wake of the White House announcing a $1 billion initiative to achieve ten years’ worth of cancer... Read more

05 Jul 2016

Dr Cather Simpson wins Baldwins Researcher Entrepreneur Award at the 2016 KiwiNet Awards

Winners of the fourth 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 week. Baldwins are proud to partner with KiwiNet and to bring the 'Baldwins Researcher Entrepreneur' category to the Awards in 2016.  Dr. Cather Simpson was this year&rsquo... Read more

27 Jun 2016

Brexit and your UK and European IP rights

On Thursday last week the United Kingdom (UK) voted to leave the European Union (EU). The result will be a period of legal uncertainty about Intellectual Property (IP) rights, however there is a period of two years (at least) during which the status quo will hold and negotiations on the “Brexit” terms will proceed. While there is no... Read more

27 Jun 2016

Indications for use not sufficient to satisfy Australian patent term extension criteria

Two recent Australian Patent Office decisions have clarified the criteria on patent term extension for patents covering combinations of active ingredients. Patents normally have a maximum term of 20 years from their filing date.  However, IP Australia may extend a patent’s term beyond 20 years if it covers therapeutic goods which have had their market entry delayed... Read more
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