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20 Jul 2017

Intellectual property – where do I start?!

For many businesses (particularly start-ups and SMEs) the upfront cost of obtaining registered intellectual property (IP) rights can be daunting.  However, securing such rights, whether it be a trade mark, patent or design registration, can be hugely valuable.  Registered IP rights secure you a certain monopoly over your competitors, give you more robust legal weapons to enforce your... Read more
Intellectual property – where do I start?!

20 Jul 2017

Baldwins named among world’s leading patent professionals for 2017

Baldwins has been named as a recommended firm in Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine’s annual IAM Patent 1000 guide for 2017. Featuring in both the patent prosecution and litigation & transaction rankings, Baldwins is described as a “prime pick for patent holders looking to navigate the local market”.  In addition, Wes Jones, Tim Jackson, Chris Way and... Read more
Baldwins named among world’s leading patent professionals for 2017

14 Jul 2017

2017 KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Award winners announced

Winners of the fifth annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards, designed to celebrate commercialisation success within New Zealand’s universities and Crown Research Institutes, were announced at a reception in Auckland last night. Baldwins is proud to be a major partner of KiwiNet and to support research commercialisation in New Zealand. The 2017 KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards winners are: Norman F.... Read more

13 Jul 2017

IP Australia announces new IP Mediation Referral Service

IP Australia has established an IP Mediation Referral Service which provides information about qualified, accredited and specialist mediation providers. Read this article to find out more about the service and factors to consider when determining whether mediation is the right choice for you.  Mediation is used all around the world to resolve various types of disputes and can be... Read more

07 Jul 2017

Kiwis Jump in the Fast Lane: New Zealand joins the Global Patent Prosecution Highway

The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) announced yesterday that New Zealand has joined the Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) pilot programme. The GPPH allows faster examination of a patent application based on a favourable examination outcome of a corresponding application in another GPPH country. What is the GPPH? The GPPH is a multilateral agreement between patent offices that... Read more
Kiwis Jump in the Fast Lane: New Zealand joins the Global Patent Prosecution Highway

30 Jun 2017

Top talent recognised: Baldwins announces three promotions for 2017

We look after talented IP specialists so they can look after our clients. That’s why we recently promoted Kate Giddens to Senior Associate, and Dr Victoria Argyle and Harriet Tregonning to Associate.  “We are excited to recognise the development of our IP specialists, it exhibits our commitment to grow the firm and promote from within. The... Read more

22 Jun 2017

Don’t use that tone(r) with me: How first sale can exhaust IP rights

This article discusses the legality of parallel importing in light of a recent US case. Impression Products acquired used Lexmark printer toner cartridges overseas, refilled, and then imported the filled cartridges into the US.  Lexmark sued Impression for patent infringement, and was successful before the US District and Federal Courts.  The US Supreme Court overturned those decisions; the... Read more

19 Jun 2017

Geographical Indications: Ready, Set…Almost Go

The long awaited Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Act 2006 (GI Act), and accompanying regulations, look set to be implemented in New Zealand by late July. Speaking at a New Zealand Winegrowers event on 30 May, the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs the Honourable Jacqui Dean told winegrowers that “Legislation to enable the wine industry to formally register their... Read more

15 Jun 2017

Australian registered company holders targeted with ASIC email scam

Beware of a recent malicious email scam targeting Australian registered businesses. The email claims to be from the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC), the body that manages company registrations, and contains a link to download documents related to the renewal of a company registration. Appearing legitimate, many of these scam emails are known to contain malicious attachments, including ransomware,... Read more

01 Jun 2017

Geographical Indications:  On track for late July

The long awaited Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Act 2006 (GI Act), and accompanying regulations, look set to be implemented in New Zealand by late July. Speaking at a New Zealand Winegrowers event on 30 May, the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs the Honourable Jacqui Dean told winegrowers that “Legislation to enable the wine industry to formally register their... Read more
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