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Article \ 30 May 2023
What New Zealand’s free trade agreement with the UK means…
Chris Hipkins’ recent visit to London has resulted in a potential boost to New Zealand (NZ) exporters in the form of earlier entry into a free trade agreement with the United Kingdom (UK). The agreement, which now comes into force on 31 May 2023, is expected to increase NZ’s GDP by up to $1 billion per year. This is great news for NZ wine, honey and hoki exporters.
Article \ 9 May 2023
Protecting your trade mark in China
Are you preparing to enter the Chinese market? While it’s certainly a large and important market for New Zealand businesses, achieving trade mark protection in China is far from a ‘slam dunk’.
Client story \ 26 Apr 2023
ZeroJet: jetting into the future
As CEO of ZeroJet, Bex Rempel has been instrumental in building the world’s best-performing electric powertrain for small boats. Along with her founding partner, Neil Mans, and a talented team of engineers, Bex’s ambitious goal is to eliminate the need for combustion engines on water.
Article \ 6 Apr 2023
Korean and Japanese Trade Marks Offices now allow letters of…
The Korean and Japanese Trade Marks Offices have recently decided to amend their legislation to allow letters of consent from existing trade mark owners to add more flexibility in the registration of trade marks. This decision can potentially streamline the trade mark registration process where a trade mark application may have similarities to an existing trade mark.
Article \ 9 Mar 2023
Brexit and Pacific Island trade mark protection
Following the United Kingdom’s (UK) exit from the European Union (EU), this now provides a new opportunity for trade mark owners to extend protection to Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.
Article \ 13 Oct 2022
Resale rights for visual artists in New Zealand by 2024
The New Zealand Government is establishing an Artist Resale Royalty Scheme that will allow creators of visual arts to be recognised and rewarded when their work is resold on the secondary art market.
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.