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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

15 Nov 2017

What does the renegotiated TPPA mean for intellectual property laws in New Zealand?

Following the withdrawal of the USA from the TPP agreement in January of this year, negotiations are continuing in Vietnam between the remaining 11 TPP member nations. Media reports suggest that an agreement in principle has been reached involving the suspension of about 20 terms in the original TPP text, many relating to intellectual property. The agreement is also to be renamed... Read more

13 Oct 2017

New Zealand’s Poisonous Divisionals: Will New Zealand harmonise with its trading partners?

The issue of self collision (or “poisonous” divisionals) is well known and has been the subject of much debate internationally. The matter is particularly acute in New Zealand as a New Zealand patent claim can only have one priority date.  However, a recent indication suggests New Zealand’s position could soon change. Self-collision between a New... Read more

22 Aug 2017

Alleged wine fraud highlights importance of brand protection for New Zealand’s wine industry

In a case that is a first for New Zealand, the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) are prosecuting New Zealand wine company Southern Boundary Wines Ltd with a number of fraud allegations. The case highlights the importance of New Zealand’s intellectual property and consumer laws in protecting the reputation of wine and other goods that are exported from... Read more
Alleged wine fraud highlights importance of brand protection for New Zealand’s wine industry

19 Jun 2017

Geographical Indications: Ready, Set…Almost Go

The long awaited Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Act 2006 (GI Act), and accompanying regulations, look set to be implemented in New Zealand by late July. Speaking at a New Zealand Winegrowers event on 30 May, the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs the Honourable Jacqui Dean told winegrowers that “Legislation to enable the wine industry to formally register their... Read more

01 Jun 2017

Geographical Indications:  On track for late July

The long awaited Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Act 2006 (GI Act), and accompanying regulations, look set to be implemented in New Zealand by late July. Speaking at a New Zealand Winegrowers event on 30 May, the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs the Honourable Jacqui Dean told winegrowers that “Legislation to enable the wine industry to formally register their... Read more

27 Mar 2017

Children and young people’s advertising code released by the Advertising Standards Authority

On 3 March 2017, the New Zealand Advertising Standards Authority (the ASA) announced a new code to cover all advertising to children and young people. The Code recognises the need to protect children from information and material injurious to their well-being as championed by the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Code’s Principles and... Read more

24 Feb 2017

Single patent attorney regime between Australia and New Zealand comes into force

The trans-Tasman patent attorney regulatory regime between Australia and New Zealand came into force on 24 February 2017. This reform is part of the Single Economic Market agenda, agreed to by the Prime Ministers of Australia and New Zealand in 2009. The key features of the new regime include: The Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Board have assumed regulatory control of patent and trade mark... Read more
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