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17 May 2016

New Zealand’s TPPA Amendment Bill: extension of copyright term

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (“TPPA”) is one step closer to being implemented in New Zealand, following the first reading of the TPPA Amendment Bill in Parliament on 12 May 2016. This week, Baldwins will be publishing a summary of the changes proposed to New Zealand’s intellectual property laws to comply with the TPPA Amendment Bill, and consider the... Read more

17 May 2016

Extension of patent term in New Zealand based on unreasonable IP Australia delays?

Extension of patent term in New Zealand is one of the more controversial issues arising out of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).  New Zealand does not currently allow extension of patent term. Opposition to allowing such extensions has been widespread and has focussed on the perceived cost to the country’s health budget and restricted access to... Read more

16 May 2016

Entries for AmCham Success & Innovation Awards now open!

Baldwins is a proud sponsor of the 2016 American Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand – DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards. These awards celebrate business achievement between New Zealand and the United States. The annual Success & Innovation Awards provide an opportunity to showcase those companies that have demonstrated imagination, innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as honour and celebrate their... Read more

16 May 2016

Chinese company takes a bite out of Apple: Apple loses IPHONE trade mark battle

Apple has been dealt a painful blow to its intellectual property rights in China as it has failed to prevent registration and use of the IPHONE trade mark by a Chinese company. Apple is famously litigious and no stranger to trade mark disputes. Frequently bringing proceedings to enforce its intellectual property rights,   Apple also takes pre-emptive action to... Read more

05 May 2016

Spam scams: refund available

In response to the increase in unsolicited and fraudulent IP services (discussed earlier in the year here) the Commerce Commission recently announced that it has reached an interim agreement with TM Publisher, an overseas company who sent invoices for unsolicited services to New Zealand trade mark holders. These invoices were connected to a web-based trade mark publication service that was... Read more

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
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