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18 May 2017

A saving grace for your public disclosures

Publications are the currency of academia but can reduce the chances of successfully commercialising a new technology.  Why?  Public disclosure of an invention means the invention is no longer novel.  With novelty being a key patentability criterion, public disclosure can scupper your chances of getting a patent before you even apply.  However, some countries allow public... Read more

18 May 2017

Intervet chew on ownership of an invention in Australian patent opposition proceedings

This case concerns whether or not the rights to an invention of an Australian patent application had been successfully transferred from the inventors to a company, Intervet. After an unsuccessful opposition by Merial, Intervet’s Australian patent application was allowed to proceed to grant.  Merial appealed the decision to the Federal Court of Australia.  Merial’s... Read more

16 May 2017

Major Event – The Lions are coming!

International sporting events present exciting opportunities for businesses to generate publicity and make the most of increased visitor numbers.  However problems arise when parties seek to illegitimately associate themselves with the event – this is known as ambush marketing.     MEMA & the New Zealand Lions Series 2017 From 3 June to 8 July 2017 the British & Irish Lions[1] will... Read more

09 May 2017

Updated: Baldwins’ Auckland office reopens following flood

Baldwins' Auckland office was closed on Tuesday 9 May 2017, following a flood in the building overnight. The building has been repaired and the Auckland office has now reopened. Baldwins' Auckland office has reopened following a flood in the building on Tuesday 9 May 2017. The office was closed for one day, and urgent matters were handled through our Wellington and Christchurch offices. ... Read more

01 May 2017

Entries for AmCham DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards 2017 now open

Baldwins is a proud sponsor of the 2017 American Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand – DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards. The 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

13 Apr 2017

Baldwins recognised among top IP firms in Australasia

Baldwins is delighted to be named as one of eight finalists in the ‘IP Specialist Firm of the Year’ category at the 2017 Australasian Law Awards. This shortlisting, once again, demonstrates Baldwins as a leading provider of IP services in Australasia. The Awards judging team conducts in-depth interviews, collects third party information and draws on its own stock of... Read more

11 Apr 2017

Easter and Anzac Day Holiday Hours

Baldwins' offices will be closed to observe the Easter and Anzac Day Holidays in April 2017. If you require urgent assistance during this time please contact us at email@baldwins.com and one of our team will assist you. Easter Holiday Our offices will be closed to observe the Easter Holiday on the following dates: Friday 14 April 2017    ... Read more

10 Apr 2017

Baldwins welcomes Andy Locke to partnership

Baldwins Intellectual Property is pleased to announce the appointment of new partner, Andy Locke. His promotion grows the partnership to seven and strengthens the firm’s patent leadership, particularly in the mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and telecoms fields. Andy has more than 17 years’ experience specialising in patents and registered designs across the mechanical, electrical, telecommunications and medical... Read more

07 Apr 2017

Fee reductions for Chinese trade mark matters and what this means for protecting your brand

Recently the Chinese Trade Mark Office reduced its fees in relation to trade mark matters. Effective 1 April 2017, Office fees were reduced by 50 percent for trade mark applications, registrations, renewals, assignments and transfers, change of name or address, trade mark oppositions and cancellations.  The reduction in trade mark filing fees will be particularly useful for small enterprises and start-ups; where... Read more

27 Mar 2017

Children and young people’s advertising code released by the Advertising Standards Authority

On 3 March 2017, the New Zealand Advertising Standards Authority (the ASA) announced a new code to cover all advertising to children and young people. The Code recognises the need to protect children from information and material injurious to their well-being as championed by the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Code’s Principles and... Read more
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