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16 Oct 2017

Considering the ‘Best Method’ for patent drafting: how much disclosure is enough?

Biotechnology company Kineta recently had its Australian patent application declined on the ground of failure to disclose the best method of performing the invention.  Best method issues are rare, and given the increasing standards of the Australian and New Zealand Patents Acts, we may see more applications failing on the contents of the written description. A common question from... Read more

13 Oct 2017

New Zealand’s Poisonous Divisionals: Will New Zealand harmonise with its trading partners?

The issue of self collision (or “poisonous” divisionals) is well known and has been the subject of much debate internationally. The matter is particularly acute in New Zealand as a New Zealand patent claim can only have one priority date.  However, a recent indication suggests New Zealand’s position could soon change. Self-collision between a New... Read more

10 Oct 2017

Indonesia: 100th member of the Madrid Union

On October 2, 2017 Indonesia became the 100th member of the Madrid Union. Indonesia, who joins Brunei and Thailand as the third Asian country to acede in 2017, will implement the protocol on 2 January, 2018. With 2016 exports to Indonesia amounting to $843 million and imports of $724m, accession to the Madrid Protocol will be welcomed by both New Zealand and Indonesian brand owners.[1] From 2 January,... Read more

10 Oct 2017

Baldwins nominated for two categories at the 2017 Asia IP Awards

Baldwins Intellectual Property has been named on the shortlist for the 2017 Asia IP Awards, the annual awards from Asia IP an intellectual property magazine focusing on Asia and the Pacific. The firm has been shortlisted for two categories: New Zealand - Patent Shortlist - 2017 New Zealand - Trademark Shortlist – 2017 Voting for the Awards is now open to clients, corporates... Read more

21 Sep 2017

Misuse of confidential information by ex-employees in New Zealand – is this a case for the ERA?

Disputes involving ex-employees and causes of action relating to retention and misuse of confidential information can give rise to disputes over jurisdiction.  Do such disputes fall into the exclusive jurisdiction of the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) or should they be determined by the Courts? The recent decision of the High Court in Ecostore Company Limited v Worth[1] provides useful... Read more

18 Sep 2017

Baldwins shortlisted as top IP firm at New Zealand Law Awards 2017

For another year, Baldwins Intellectual Property has been named a finalist at the New Zealand Law Awards in the ‘IP Specialist Firm of the Year’ category. Now in their 13th year, the annual awards celebrate and reward excellence in client service across the legal sector in New Zealand. This recognition affirms Baldwins' position as a leader... Read more
Baldwins shortlisted as top IP firm at New Zealand Law Awards 2017

18 Sep 2017

Hidden advertising practices finally exposed

The digital era brings new challenges when protecting and enforcing trade marks online. In particular the use of trade marks that go unseen such as hidden in website code or lurking behind the workings of a search engine raise new issues for trade mark owners and IP practitioners. In this article we update a decades-long trade mark battle that has... Read more

07 Sep 2017

Intellectual property rights and the sharing economy

The "sharing economy" is a phrase we are hearing more and more frequently in recent times. This article explains what the phrase means and in particular what it means for intellectual property rights holders.   This article originally appeared in LawNews, Issue 29. LawNews is the weekly publication of the Auckland District Law Society.  In recent... Read more

07 Sep 2017

Baldwins named among Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars for 2017

Baldwins has once again been ranked as a leading intellectual property firm in the annual Managing IP survey.  For 2017, Baldwins has been recognised across both the contentious and prosecution categories for trade marks and patents.  A client quoted in the survey commends the team for being “proactive, helpful and friendly. They meet all our needs”. In... Read more

22 Aug 2017

Alleged wine fraud highlights importance of brand protection for New Zealand’s wine industry

In a case that is a first for New Zealand, the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) are prosecuting New Zealand wine company Southern Boundary Wines Ltd with a number of fraud allegations. The case highlights the importance of New Zealand’s intellectual property and consumer laws in protecting the reputation of wine and other goods that are exported from... Read more
Alleged wine fraud highlights importance of brand protection for New Zealand’s wine industry
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