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30 Sep 2019

Fee increases for New Zealand patents but good news for trade marks

The official fees (note fees below are shown exclusive of GST) charged by the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) are revised from time to time, with changes made following a ‘cost recovery’ model. New official fees come into force on 13 February 2020, and there is good news for trade mark owners, but a range of increases and... Read more
Fee increases for New Zealand patents but good news for trade marks

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. Read more
Grace period for patents in New Zealand

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

09 May 2018

Firming up the support requirement

A recent decision[1] by the Assistant Commissioner of Patents will be welcomed by those filing and prosecuting patent applications in New Zealand. This article discusses the decision which clarifies how the regulations relating to pre-acceptance amendments to a specification should be applied. The patent application at issue in this hearing was essentially in order for acceptance.  The remaining... Read more

06 Apr 2018

New Zealand to consider introduction of utility model-type protection

Is it possible that a second-tier patent system is on its way in New Zealand? A new Member’s Bill, which will at least have a first reading before Parliament, could introduce such a system. The Patents (Advancement Patents) Amendment Bill[1] was lodged in late March by Dr Parmjeet Parmar, a National MP and the Opposition’s Spokesperson... Read more

05 Apr 2018

Amended patent, trade mark and design regulations in force in New Zealand

Amendments to the New Zealand Patents, Trade Mark and Design Regulations have now entered into force. The amendments address a number of issues that resulted from changes made to New Zealand's patent laws when the Patents Act 2013 came into force. The key changes are summarised below. The changes to the regulations were made to address various formal and procedural... Read more

09 Mar 2018

Patent law changes on the horizon with signing of the CPTPP agreement

Without the United States involvement in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement in 2017, many speculated that the entire agreement was dead in the water. However, the remaining 11 countries have signed up to a revised deal - the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). This article summarises the main changes relating to intellectual property in... Read more