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Article \ 8 Sep 2022
What New Zealand’s free trade agreement with the EU means…
On 30 June 2022, New Zealand and the European Union (EU) concluded negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA).
Article \ 13 Jun 2022
Delays in processing New Zealand Trade Mark IR Designations
The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) is experiencing continued delays with examination of International registrations (IR) designating New Zealand. The ongoing effects of Covid-19 and tight labour market has undoubtedly contributed to the delays.
Article \ 19 May 2022
The role of the Māori Trade Mark Advisory Committee and…
We now live, work, and play in a digital and global era. Due diligence is even more important when prosecuting trade marks with creators and businesses operating in a fast-paced world. One important consideration that is often lost amidst commercial evaluations is cultural sensitivity. In New Zealand, the Māori Trade Mark Advisory Committee (MTAC) plays an important role in this regard.
Client story \ 16 May 2022
Building a cleaning empire
The ‘big OE’ is a rite of passage for many Kiwis — but for CrestClean’s Grant McLauchlan and Rene Mangnus it was also the catalyst for a business idea that would see them become industry leaders.
Article \ 31 Mar 2022
NFTs: what exactly are you purchasing?
Harvey Henderson and Kieran O’Connell of AJ Park explain what businesses should be aware of when purchasing an NFT
Article \ 1 Feb 2022
New Zealand’s trade mark trends of 2021, and what might…
Kate Giddens, Senior Associate at AJ Park and member of the IPONZ Trade mark Technical Focus Group, summarises the key trade mark trends seen in New Zealand in 2021, shaping the landscape for what 2022 might bring.
Article \ 1 Dec 2021
Unsolicited letters regarding trade mark renewals
There has been an increasing number of unsolicited letters which appear to be fraudulent.
Most recently, an organisation calling itself ‘Goldman Rosenstain &…
Article \ 24 Nov 2021
Do you provide services in Fiji? If so, you need…
Significant changes to trade mark law have been made by the Fiji Trade Marks Act 2021. While the law is not yet in force there is reason for trade mark owners to be mindful of these changes and how they could affect their trade mark protection strategy in Fiji.
Article \ 10 Nov 2021
A new trade mark regime in Nauru
The Nauruan Trademark Act 2019 (the Act) was certified on 12 July 2019 and came into force on 10 November 2020 with the publication of the Trademarks (Forms and Fees) Regulations 2020. The Act provides a framework in which trademarks can be registered and protected.
Article \ 10 Jun 2021
Is anyone above the © law? A holy row between…
In a time of global crisis amid pandemics and economic instability, you might not expect intellectual property issues to attract global attention.…
Article \ 1 Jun 2021
What on earth are NFTs and why do trade mark…
You’ve probably recently heard about something called “NFTs” and about various digital artworks and videos being “sold” for significant sums. According to…