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26 Jul 2018

Protecting trade secrets in China

What is a trade secret in China? A trade secret is defined in Chinese Anti-Unfair Competition Law as: “technology information or business operation information which is unknown to the public, has commercial value and towards which the obligee has taken measures to keep secret.” There are three requirements for information to qualify as a trade... Read more

19 Jun 2018

Why register copyright when protecting your brand in China?

Copyright registration can provide a simple and relatively low cost means for warding off trademark squatters. As always, early action is required because it is most useful if the registration predates the date of filing of the squatter’s trademark application. If not, other evidence will generally also be required to block the squatter’s trademark application. Requirements... Read more

22 May 2018

The rise of intellectual property (IP) in China

China has once again become a major world economic force to be reckoned with after playing an unprecedented game of economic catch-up since 1978. Its booming ecommerce market and a shift from primary products and manufacturing to more of a consumer economy, presents huge opportunities for Kiwi retailers looking to expand into the region in the future. In recent years the ... Read more

27 Mar 2018

Significant progress for protection of trade marks post-BREXIT

Owners of European (EU) trade marks will continue to have their rights protected in the United Kingdom (UK) following Brexit. The UK and EU Commission published last week the details of a draft agreement outlining the continued protection of trade mark rights following the UK’s departure from the EU. The agreement effectively provides for the creation of identical... Read more

13 Feb 2017

Australia’s draft intellectual property legislation proposes changes to the Australian IP system

Late last year the Intellectual Property Office of Australia released an Exposure Draft of the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2017 and the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Regulations 2017.The stated purpose of the draft Bill is to improve the administration of the Australian IP system by simplifying and streamlining laws and procedures relating to Australian intellectual property rights. Below we discuss... Read more

02 Feb 2017

NZ government publishes results of copyright and designs in the creative sector study

The New Zealand Government has recently published its Copyright and the Creative Sector report, the result of a recent study into the role of copyright and designs in the creative sector. Adopting a holistic view of the impacts of regulation affecting the digital economy, the New Zealand Government has stated the need to ensure different regulatory systems, such as intellectual... Read more

28 Nov 2016

IP101 – salient points for start-ups to consider

Intellectual property rights are an indispensable consideration in ensuring your start-up has the best possibility to succeed in the future. Read on to find out about the importance of protecting and securing intellectual property rights, and how to avoid common mistakes made in the journey to market.  This article was originally produced as part of Baldwins’ support... Read more

31 Aug 2016

IP Australia confirms patent and trade mark fee changes

IP Australia has confirmed changes to its official administration fees for patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeder's rights with the signing of the Intellectual Property Legislation Amendment (Fee review) Regulation 2016 on 17 August 2016. The new fees will take effect from 10 October 2016.  Some notable changes include the lower up-front cost for trade mark registration... Read more

21 Apr 2016

Equity crowdfunding and intellectual property - a quick guide

Baldwins’ Associate, Tim Stirrup has written a blog post for equity crowdfunding platform, Snowball Effect. Tim provides an introduction to the various types of intellectual property and a few useful tips for those considering crowdfunding offers or investment. Equity crowdfunding is undoubtedly here to stay. It’s an excellent way for SMEs to access growth capital... Read more

06 Apr 2016

Kiddee Case allowed to ‘ride-on’ despite Trunki Community Registered Design

The United Kingdom Supreme Court delivered its decision in the Trunki vs Kiddee Case design infringement matter in March 2016. In reaching its decision, the Court considered the extent to which a product’s surface decoration ought to be considered when determining infringement of a registered design. Magmatic Limited (Magmatic) manufactures and sells children’s suitcases under the TRUNKI... Read more
Kiddee Case allowed to ‘ride-on’ despite Trunki Community Registered Design