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27 Feb 2020

Baldwins recognised among world’s best in 2020 World Trademark Review 1000

Baldwins Intellectual Property has been named as a recommended firm, and Baldwins trade mark attorneys – Penny Catley, Thomas Huthwaite, and Kate Giddens – are individually recognised in WTR 1000. Baldwins is delighted to once again receive commendations from World Trademark Review’s annual WTR 1000 publication and to have the firm’s trademark representatives recognised among the world&rsquo... Read more
Baldwins recognised among world’s best in 2020 World Trademark Review 1000

21 Jan 2020

Chinese trade mark pirate ‘caught in the act’ on wine brands

A Chinese trade mark pirate appears to have been caught in the act of applying for trade mark registration of a huge number of New Zealand wine brands. The pirate applied to protect hundreds of trade marks covering wines and other beverages. Read more
Chinese trade mark pirate ‘caught in the act’ on wine brands

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

24 Sep 2019

New Zealand and Australia not always similar

A recent New Zealand High Court decision (Pharmazen Limited v. Anagenix IP Limited [2019] NZHC 1520 (1 July 2019)) serves as a reminder of the subjective nature of the comparison of trade marks, with the Court finding the marks “ACTAZIN” and “ActiPhen” too similar, while on the same facts and evidence an Australian hearings officer had decided the opposite. Read more
New Zealand and Australia not always similar

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

03 May 2018

Are You Ready? New Trade Mark Requirements in the Wine Equivalent Tax (WET) Rebate Regime

If you export to Australia and the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) rebate is important to you or your business, you should be investing in an Australian trade mark registration now.  This article provides a quick summary of why NZ wine exporters should consider trade mark protection in Australia. Changes have been made to the WET legislation in Australia... 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

09 Feb 2018

Baldwins trademark leaders recognised among world’s best in 2018

Baldwins Intellectual Property has again been named as a recommended firm in the World's Leading Trademark Professionals 2018.  In addition, partners Sue Ironside, Penny Catley and Angela Searle all  received individual recognition in this year's edition. Published in January each year, the World Trademark Review's WTR 1000 guide serves as the definitive tool... Read more