Keep up-to-date with the latest intellectual property news:

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

17 May 2018

Intermittent Email Issue

Since 12PM Tuesday May 15 (NZ time), Baldwins has experienced an intermittent issue with receiving email, however we believe that the issue has now been resolved. If you are have received an NDR (Non-Delivery Receipt) email from us, or you have not had a response to an email sent to us during this timeframe, then we ask that you please resend... Read more

17 May 2018

Entries for AmCham DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards 2018 now open

Baldwins is a proud sponsor of the 2018 American Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand – DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards. The Awards celebrate business achievement between New Zealand and the United States. Calling all Importers, Exporters, Investors, Tourism promoters, Bilateral Connectors, Entrepreneurs/Innovators with the USA - benchmark your business against others and see if you can take out... Read more

15 May 2018

A question of support

This article discusses two patent decisions in New Zealand which consider the application of the Patent Act 2013’s requirement that the claim or claims of a patent be “supported by the matter disclosed in the complete specification”.[1] “Supported by” is a change from the “fair basis” wording of the previous Patents Act 1953. ... 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

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

26 Apr 2018

World IP Day an opportunity to focus on supporting innovation

The following is an NZIPA Media Release: The New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys (NZIPA) is calling for a national intellectual property strategy that would see greater collaboration between government agencies working around innovation and the nation’s intellectual property advisors. NZIPA President Penny Catley said that World IP Day (April 26) is a celebration of the role of... Read more

11 Apr 2018

Countering Counterfeiting:  Current problems and solutions for e-commerce piracy

The e-commerce market offers huge opportunities for New Zealand and Australian businesses given it’s a faster, more efficient way of accessing global markets and consumers. However, online shopping has also introduced a new wave of intellectual property piracy as thousands of counterfeit goods are listed every day.  It is vital to proactively protect intellectual property against counterfeiters... 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