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28 Oct 2016

Baldwins welcomes new General Manager

Baldwins Intellectual Property has appointed, Gay Rankin, as General Manager.  Successful leader Gay Rankin, has been appointed General Manager of specialist intellectual property firm, Baldwins. Gay started the role on 3 October and will work closely with the partners to lead the development and execution of Baldwins’ strategy and business plan. Announcing the appointment, Chairman Wes Jones said "On... Read more

21 Oct 2016

Baldwins celebrates success at the 2016 Asia IP Awards

Baldwins has won both the Patent and Copyright Firm of the Year at the 2016 Asia IP Awards.   This is the third year in a row Baldwins has been awarded the New Zealand Copyright firm of the Year, and the firm’s first win in the Patent Firm of the Year category.  "This recognition demonstrates Baldwins’ consistent... Read more

20 Oct 2016

Submissions on ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement close 2 December

New Zealand’s Minister of Trade, Todd McClay has launched public consultations on the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA) ahead of next year’s General Review. The Government intends to use the upcoming review to ensure that the agreement is delivering as much value as possible for New Zealand businesses. In 2017, the Governments of New Zealand, Australia... Read more

18 Oct 2016

Additional damages for trade mark infringement?

To comply with the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), Parliament has introduced a new Bill that includes a provision for additional damages as a remedy for trade mark infringement. This article discusses additional damages – what they are, the New Zealand and Australian courts’ approach to awarding them, and how additional damages may become a remedy available for trade mark... Read more

14 Oct 2016

Baldwins’ Prize for Intellectual Property at AUT 2016

Baldwins have supported the Auckland University of Technology’s Bachelor of Laws programme since its inception. In particular, Baldwins provides a prize to the top student in the Intellectual Property paper and provides a guest lecture to the students.  Since 2010, Baldwins have provided an engaging guest lecturer to the students of the Intellectual Property paper. On 26... Read more

14 Oct 2016

Baldwins’ Victoria University Biotech Prize 2016

Baldwins has been involved with the School of Biological Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington for 14 years. More specifically, Baldwins has been involved in the third year paper Biotechnological Techniques and Processes (BTEC 301A) since its inception ten years ago. This paper covers what a biotechnologist needs to know about intellectual property (IP), covering the function of patents, the nature... Read more

11 Oct 2016

New Zealand’s Natural Health and Supplementary Products Bill: An update

The New Zealand Natural Health and Supplementary Products (NHSP) Bill seeks to manage risks while also protecting the consumer and the integrity of the industry in New Zealand. An overview of the NHSP Bill can be found in our initial article here. At present, the NHSP Bill is awaiting its third and final reading before it becomes... Read more

05 Oct 2016

Geographical Indications: Progress following the Primary Production Select Committee

In March 2016, the Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Amendment Bill (“the Bill”) passed its first reading in Parliament. Following the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) release of the draft Geographic Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Regulations 2016 (“the Regulations”) for review and comment (see our article here), the Bill has now proceeded through the... Read more

28 Sep 2016

Baldwins recognised as a top performer in New Zealand and Asia-Pacific

Baldwins is proud to share some recent recognition achieved by the firm and its individuals at the 2016 New Zealand Law Awards and the 2016 Asia IP Awards. New Zealand Law Awards 2016 For another year, Baldwins has been named a finalist at the NZ Law Awards for the IP Specialist Firm of the Year category. The awards, which are in their 12th... Read more

20 Sep 2016

Have your say: NZ Govt seeks feedback on possible changes to divisional patent application practice

The New Zealand Government is seeking feedback on proposed amendments to how divisional patent applications that are still proceeding under the old 1953 Patents Act are dealt with. The consultation document and details about making a submission can be found here. The deadline for submissions is Friday, 14 October 2016. The new Patents Act 2013 came into force in New Zealand about 2 years... Read more
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