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Client story \ 8 Feb 2023
Innovating ‘til the cows come home
New Zealand company Halter became the first in the world to electronically move, guide and monitor the health of a dairy herd. And there’s plenty more in the pipeline for this innovative company as it strives to change the future of farming for the better.
Article \ 31 Jan 2023
Therapeutic Products Bill – have your say
The Therapeutic Products Bill has been in the works for many years and was introduced into Parliament on 30 November 2022. This Bill will replace the outdated Medicines Act 1981 and Dietary Supplements Regulations 1985.
Article \ 24 Jan 2023
New Zealand’s new Plant Variety Rights regime starts today –…
Most of the substantive provisions of the new Plant Variety Rights Act 2022 are effective from 24 January 2023 and the new Plant Variety Rights regulations and fees also take effect from this date.
Article \ 10 Jan 2023
Do you have intent to use your New Zealand trade…
Kieran O’Connell and Stephanie Randle discuss the importance of deciding on the applicant of a trade mark in light of two decisions by the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand.
Article \ 13 Dec 2022
About thyme - New Plant Variety Rights Act blooms in…
The long-debated Plant Variety Rights (PVR) Bill received royal assent on 18 November 2022, becoming the Plant Variety Rights Act 2022.
Article \ 1 Dec 2022
Do your digital assets constitute property?
We are all aware of the value of what might be called ‘digital assets’ which have arisen from the computer and internet ages. However, many people are unaware that digital assets generally do not constitute property in most countries. This means that in a court of law, property law cannot be applied to protect digital assets in those countries.
Article \ 28 Nov 2022
Are you in or out? The Unified Patent Court
There are important changes being made to the European patent system and they will impact all European patent holders. In this article, we cover the key action you need to take, as well as an overview of the Unified Patent Court and New Patent right – EU Unitary Patent.
Article \ 17 Nov 2022
A step forward: Indigenous IP rights in Australia
Australian trade mark legislation does not currently recognise indigenous rights. As stated by the Indigenous Expert Reference Group - The current legal framework does not and is not designed to provide First Nations people with the ability to obtain holistic recognition and protection of their indigenous cultural and intellectual property rights.
Article \ 14 Nov 2022
The launch: The Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court
Significant changes are being made to the European patent system, and they will impact all European patent holders. In this article, we cover opting out during the sunrise period, what European patent holders need to consider, and more importantly, what they need to action.
Article \ 8 Nov 2022
Intellectual Property Offices on brand protection in the virtual world
As the virtual world continues to expand in size and popularity, more businesses are paying attention to this emerging sector. With the global virtual reality market estimated in the billions, there’s no denying that the investment to participate in the virtual world is occurring on a global scale and expected to grow.
Article \ 3 Nov 2022
The good applicants, the bad faith and the ugly assumptions
In trade mark matters before the Intellectual Property Office, bad faith is still a relatively ambiguous, “not possible to define” term. It is commonly phrased in IPONZ decisions as being behaviour that “fall[s] short of the standards of acceptable commercial behaviour overserved by reasonable and experienced [persons] in the particular area being examined,” however what constitutes bad faith is decided on the facts of each case.