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21 Aug 2018

Counterfeit Vehicle Parts On the Rise: When IP Infringement Becomes Life-Threatening

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has issued a stern warning about counterfeit vehicle parts.  Not only are counterfeit parts on the rise, but they are also becoming more difficult to identify, and can present a serious danger. This year, BMW published a video illustrating the potential consequences of fitting counterfeit vehicle parts.[1]  Their tests showed counterfeit parts... Read more

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 Jul 2018

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership

With the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) signed, with key IP provisions previously requested by the US now excluded, attention has turned to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a similar regional trade agreement involving 7 of the same key countries. The IP provisions of the RCEP are facing similar scrutiny, and some civil society groups have expressed... Read more

18 Jul 2018

T&G ‘smashes’ Top Australasian Marketing Award with Lotatoes™

Baldwins congratulates T&G Global on the success of Lotatoes™. We are proud to be associated with the protection of this brand. The Hort Connections conference and Trade Show took place in Brisbane on Wednesday 20th June 2018 where T&G Global were awarded PMA Australia-New Zealand 2018 Marketer of the Year Award for its Lotatoes™ potato... Read more

06 Jul 2018

2018 Kiwinet Research Commercialisation Awards Evening

The winners of the sixth annual KiwiNet Awards were announced last night, Thursday 5th July 2018. The evening was a celebration of individuals, teams and organisations that have demonstrated excellence in research commercialisation over the last twelve months. Baldwins is proud to be a major partner of KiwiNet since 2016 and provides free intellectual property advice to KiwiNet members as part of... 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

15 Jun 2018

Copyright protection in China

Copyright provides the exclusive right to use and distribute an original work. As the name suggests, it prevents against copying, it cannot be used against someone that independently creates the same work. Copyright protects the tangible expression of an idea but not the idea itself.  In New Zealand, copyright arises automatically upon creation of an original work and there... Read more

31 May 2018

2018 KiwiNet Awards finalists announced

Baldwins are proud to partner with KiwiNet to bring the KiwiNet Awards to life once again in 2018. Twelve stunning finalists have been selected for the sixth annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards, designed to celebrate impact from science through successful research commercialisation within New Zealand’s universities and Crown Research Institutes. The innovative researchers and cutting edge research commercialisation projects... Read more

30 May 2018

Protecting your IP in China - Your Options

The rise of intellectual property in China is at unprecedented levels. In 2017, IP filings in China soared with patent applications exceeding the combined total applications received by the US, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the European Patent Office. China’s perception of IP is changing. Only a decade ago, protecting and enforcing IP in China was fraught with... Read more

23 May 2018

Where in the WORLD? Fashion label’s “Made in New Zealand” claims questioned

As has been widely reported, New Zealand fashion label WORLD is in a spot of bother regarding it claims that its garments are FABRIQUE EN NOUVELLE ZELANDE (that is, “Made in New Zealand”). This article discusses the Fair Trading Act in New Zealand, and what this means for WORLD and other traders when promoting a products origin. New... Read more