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25 Aug 2016

UK Intellectual Property Office releases first statement post “Brexit”

On 23 June 2016, the United Kingdom (UK) voted to leave the European Union (EU). This has resulted in uncertainty as to the future of UK intellectual property rights. Shortly after the vote, we published an initial article about “Brexit” and the future of UK and EU IP rights, which is available here.  The UK Intellectual Property Office has... Read more

17 Aug 2016

MBIE survey copyright in the creative sector – closes 19 August

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment  (MBIE) has announced it is undertaking a study to gain a better understanding of the creative sector and how it interacts with the copyright and designs regimes.  As part of this study, New Zealand’s creative sector are invited to participate in a survey in order to help MBIE... Read more

11 Aug 2016

Cook Islands accession to WIPO: progress for Pacific intellectual property

The Cook Islands has become a party to the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO Convention). WIPO is designed to help realise the benefits of intellectual property by providing forums, services and technical infrastructure to connect intellectual property systems. Its primary services include management of the international systems for patents, trademarks and designs (established by the... Read more

08 Aug 2016

Extensions of term for patents in New Zealand – how will they be affected by the TPPA?

One of the most controversial aspects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) was the prospect that New Zealand would be forced into allowing extensions to the term of patents and that this could result in higher prices for medicines. In this article we talk about what patent term extensions are, how they are calculated and compare the present proposals for... Read more

05 Aug 2016

The end of a long campaign – Supreme Court denies Sequenom’s petition

The United States Supreme Court has denied Sequenom’s petition to review decisions by lower courts in which its patent directed to non-invasive prenatal screening was held to be invalid.  Many in the biotech and software industries hoped Sequenom’s petition would serve as a vehicle for the Supreme Court to step back from the strong language... Read more

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
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