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24 Feb 2017

Single patent attorney regime between Australia and New Zealand comes into force

The trans-Tasman patent attorney regulatory regime between Australia and New Zealand came into force on 24 February 2017. This reform is part of the Single Economic Market agenda, agreed to by the Prime Ministers of Australia and New Zealand in 2009. The key features of the new regime include: The Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Board have assumed regulatory control of patent and trade mark... Read more

24 Feb 2017

Baldwins ranked among best in Asia-Pacific for 2017

Baldwins has been recognised as a leading intellectual property firm in Asia, being ranked as an “Outstanding” law firm in the 2017 AsiaLaw profiles. In addition, Sue Ironside, Penny Catley and Shelley Rowland have individually been recognised as leading individuals in the 2017 guide for New Zealand. AsiaLaw Profiles is a guide to the leading regional and domestic law firms... Read more

24 Feb 2017

Baldwins trade mark specialists recognised among world’s best in 2017

Baldwins Intellectual Property has been named as a recommended firm in the World Trademark Review 1000 2017 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals. In addition, partners Sue Ironside, Penny Catley and Angela Searle have received individual recognition in this year's edition. Published in January each year, the WTR 1000 guide serves as the definitive tool for... Read more

23 Feb 2017

Air New Zealand Cargo ExportNZ Awards 2017 entries open

Baldwins is once again proud to support the Air New Zealand Cargo ExportNZ Awards for 2017. The awards are a chance to recognise exporting success in New Zealand. Entries are now open and close March 17. Read on for more information.  With exporting a hot topic, it’s time for those in the industry to share their success stories... Read more

22 Feb 2017

Online copyright infringement is still actionable in New Zealand

The New Zealand High Court has ruled that Kim Dotcom and other Megaupload executives are still eligible for extradition.  While online copyright infringement may not amount to a crime under the Copyright Act, it may still attract criminal liability under the Crimes Act.  How does this decision impact New Zealand’s digital copyright law? On Monday, Kim... Read more
Online copyright infringement is still actionable in New Zealand

22 Feb 2017

Megaupload executives still eligible for extradition: summary of latest decision in Dotcom case

It has been more than five years since Megaupload’s cloud services were shut down, and its top executives arrested.  Now, two New Zealand courts have held that those executives, including Kim Dotcom, can be extradited to the US to face various criminal charges. The following article summarises issues the latest High Court decision raises related to copyright... Read more

13 Feb 2017

What is happening in Europe – the political ramifications of Brexit on the European Patent System

In the July 2014 Patent Prose article we considered plans to set up a unitary European patent and the problems being encountered back then. The latest problem, that few saw coming, is Brexit. This article is published in Chemistry in New Zealand (CiNZ), the journal of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (NZIC).  The NZIC represents... Read more

13 Feb 2017

Australia’s draft intellectual property legislation proposes changes to the Australian IP system

Late last year the Intellectual Property Office of Australia released an Exposure Draft of the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2017 and the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Regulations 2017.The stated purpose of the draft Bill is to improve the administration of the Australian IP system by simplifying and streamlining laws and procedures relating to Australian intellectual property rights. Below we discuss... Read more

03 Feb 2017

New Zealander announced as WIPO Indigenous Fellow 2017

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) announced on 2 February 2017 that Ms. Kiri Toki of Aotearoa New Zealand is to be the WIPO Indigenous Fellow 2017.  Indigenous fellows work in WIPO’s Traditional Knowledge Division on issues relevant to indigenous peoples.  These include: The Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC); WIPO... Read more

02 Feb 2017

NZ government publishes results of copyright and designs in the creative sector study

The New Zealand Government has recently published its Copyright and the Creative Sector report, the result of a recent study into the role of copyright and designs in the creative sector. Adopting a holistic view of the impacts of regulation affecting the digital economy, the New Zealand Government has stated the need to ensure different regulatory systems, such as intellectual... Read more
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