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16 Sep 2019

Changes afoot for the innovation patent system in Australia

The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 2 and Other Measures) Bill 2019 was introduced to the Australian Senate in late July 2019. This Bill follows on from Part 1, which addressed the trade mark and plant breeder’s rights systems. The focus of the current Bill is mainly on the patent system. A change introduced by this Bill that has... Read more
Changes afoot for the innovation patent system in Australia

30 Aug 2019

Grace period for patents in New Zealand

New Zealand recently enacted a 12-month grace period for patents. Adding a grace period for patents in New Zealand is valuable and may allow you to protect your invention when previously you could not. However, the grace period does come with some warnings. Summary  A grace period of 12 months is now available for patents in New Zealand. This means... Read more
Grace period for patents in New Zealand

28 Aug 2019

This “Dark Horse” decision is anything but “Joyful Noise” for Katy Perry

In July 2014, Marcus Gray, the rapper better known by his stage name “Flame” filed proceedings against Katy Perry. Gray alleged that Perry’s song Dark Horse infringed copyright in his original work, Joyful Noise. To many, it seemed like just another allegation against a famous artist, based on the vibe of a lesser known song. Five years... Read more
This “Dark Horse” decision is anything but “Joyful Noise” for Katy Perry

26 Aug 2019

Shining the Spotlight on Trade Marks in China

For some Kiwi businesses, exporting to China and beyond presents huge opportunities for growth. China is one of the fastest growing markets in the world and has a high regard for New Zealand goods and services. However, exporting to China can add layers of complexity and comes with additional risk if you don’t protect your business properly. If... Read more
Shining the Spotlight on Trade Marks in China

21 Aug 2019

2019 KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards Evening

The KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards celebrate successful commercialisation of research within New Zealand’s universities and Crown Research Institutes, bringing together the innovators and change makers that are transforming scientific discoveries into new products and services. Winners of the seventh annual KiwiNet awards were announced on Wednesday, 7th August 2019. Baldwins is proud to be a major partner of KiwiNet... Read more
2019 KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards Evening

19 Jul 2019

Brazil: 121st member of the Madrid Union

Brazil has joined the Madrid Union and will come into force on 2 October 2019. The Madrid System now includes contracting parties from the world’s ten largest economies. The Madrid System enables brand owners to file a single international application to seek trademark protection in multiple countries at once. This system streamlines the process of obtaining protection and maintaining trademark... Read more

04 Jul 2019

Air New Zealand Cargo ExportNZ Awards 2019 winners announced

The Baldwins team attended the annual Air New Zealand Cargo ExportNZ Awards evening last Thursday, 27 June at Shed 10 in Auckland. The evening was a celebration of export success, kiwi ingenuity, and entrepreneurial spirit in the Northland, Auckland and Waikato regions. Seven phenomenal businesses were named winners amongst 23 finalists across an array of categories including manufacturing, beauty, biotech, tourism, technology, pharmaceutical,... Read more

27 Jun 2019

IPONZ issues warning around misleading communications

With scams continually on the rise, the New Zealand Intellectual Property Office (IPONZ) has issued a warning about an increase in unsolicited and fraudulent correspondence targeting IP owners. What to look for: If you receive any communications relating to your IP case from anyone other than the following, please take care before you act: IPONZ; WIPO; or Your IP contact ... Read more

25 Jun 2019

Submissions Invited on Proposed Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill

On 4 June 2019 the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (“MBIE”) released a discussion paper inviting submissions on a range of issues, which may be addressed in a proposed omnibus bill amending New Zealand’s patent, trade mark, and registered design legislation. The Copyright Act 1994 is the subject of a separate ongoing review. The discussion paper raises the... Read more

25 Jun 2019

IPONZ fee changes coming for Patents and Trade marks

After a review of its fees late last year, IPONZ has now confirmed changes will be introduced for both trade mark and patent fees. While it is mostly good news for trade marks with fee reductions, changes to the patent fees include some substantial fee increases and the addition of a new excess claims fee.  Patent fees A... Read more