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11 Apr 2018

Countering Counterfeiting:  Current problems and solutions for e-commerce piracy

The e-commerce market offers huge opportunities for New Zealand and Australian businesses given it’s a faster, more efficient way of accessing global markets and consumers. However, online shopping has also introduced a new wave of intellectual property piracy as thousands of counterfeit goods are listed every day.  It is vital to proactively protect intellectual property against counterfeiters... Read more

06 Apr 2018

New Zealand to consider introduction of utility model-type protection

Is it possible that a second-tier patent system is on its way in New Zealand? A new Member’s Bill, which will at least have a first reading before Parliament, could introduce such a system. The Patents (Advancement Patents) Amendment Bill[1] was lodged in late March by Dr Parmjeet Parmar, a National MP and the Opposition’s Spokesperson... Read more

05 Apr 2018

Amended patent, trade mark and design regulations in force in New Zealand

Amendments to the New Zealand Patents, Trade Mark and Design Regulations have now entered into force. The amendments address a number of issues that resulted from changes made to New Zealand's patent laws when the Patents Act 2013 came into force. The key changes are summarised below. The changes to the regulations were made to address various formal and procedural... Read more

27 Mar 2018

Significant progress for protection of trade marks post-BREXIT

Owners of European (EU) trade marks will continue to have their rights protected in the United Kingdom (UK) following Brexit. The UK and EU Commission published last week the details of a draft agreement outlining the continued protection of trade mark rights following the UK’s departure from the EU. The agreement effectively provides for the creation of identical... Read more

20 Mar 2018

Baldwins shortlisted for ManagingIP Awards

Baldwins are pleased to announce we have been shortlisted for the newly-launched Managing IP Asia-Pacific Awards in both the New Zealand Contentious and New Zealand Prosecution categories. The Awards recognise the firms in the Asia-Pacific Region providing the best service for their clients.  Managing IP is a widely respected publication recognising the leading firms and individuals in over 80 jurisdictions... Read more

09 Mar 2018

Patent law changes on the horizon with signing of the CPTPP agreement

Without the United States involvement in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement in 2017, many speculated that the entire agreement was dead in the water. However, the remaining 11 countries have signed up to a revised deal - the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). This article summarises the main changes relating to intellectual property in... Read more

09 Feb 2018

Baldwins trademark leaders recognised among world’s best in 2018

Baldwins Intellectual Property has again been named as a recommended firm in the World's Leading Trademark Professionals 2018.  In addition, partners Sue Ironside, Penny Catley and Angela Searle all  received individual recognition in this year's edition. Published in January each year, the World Trademark Review's WTR 1000 guide serves as the definitive tool... Read more

15 Jan 2018

A recipe for disaster: fitspo personality threatened with copyright infringement proceedings

Australian fitness personality, Ashy Bines, could be in hot water following a food blogger's claims a Bines' ebook contains material directly from her blog. We discuss these claims and provide some lessons to take away from this.  An Australian food blogger, Alexandria Dodd, is crowdfunding to raise money to file copyright infringement proceedings against well-known... Read more

11 Jan 2018

Certainly not friends: LEGO Group successful in China

LEGO Group has successfully brought a copyright claim against two Chinese companies for manufacturing and selling products that were almost identical to its LEGO Friends range of building blocks.  LEGO Group has, for the first time, succeeded in bringing a copyright claim in China in relation to its famous LEGO brand. It follows a finding in July 2017 that... Read more

01 Dec 2017

SKY TV battles pirates: draft website-blocking application released by SKY

SKY Television, New Zealand’s largest pay television provider, has prepared a draft application to the High Court, seeking to obtain injunctions against several internet service providers (ISPs) requiring them to block websites allegedly hosting copyright-infringing material.  If pursued, this application may face some difficulties. SKY names as respondents in the draft application the four largest ISPs in... Read more
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