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Article \ 13 Feb 2024
Where is the IP in fashion?
In the fashion industry creatives are doing the same or similar things, making IP extremely valuable. Protecting the IP in collections and brands while they are new gives an advantage, provided there is something capable of protection.
Article \ 7 Nov 2023
Article \ 3 Nov 2023
IPONZ issues updates to Trade Mark practice guidelines
The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) has now published its updated Trade Mark practice guidelines, which contain direction on the classification of non-fungible tokens, virtual goods, and virtual services.
Article \ 17 Oct 2023
No antidote this time for the MANUKA DOCTOR brand in…
An individual has succeeded in defending his New Zealand trade mark application for MANUKA MEDIC in opposition proceedings brought by Manuka Doctor Limited, owner of the MANUKA DOCTOR brand.
Article \ 9 Oct 2023
Trade Mark Register Searches: No Longer Just a "Nice to…
Following a recent decision of Australia's Federal Court, conducting a search of the trade mark register prior to adopting a new mark is now a necessity, not just the ideal.
Article \ 6 Oct 2023
How is traditional Māori knowledge recognised within New Zealand’s IP…
Mātauranga Māori is a term that appears in government policy and is apparent in Treaty Claims and some legislation. Here we consider how certain New Zealand intellectual property laws expressly recognise and respect aspects of Māori culture and traditional knowledge, and what additional steps could be taken to further protect taonga works and mātauranga Māori from inappropriate or offensive use by third parties.
Article \ 4 Oct 2023
What’s in a name – and who can use it?…
Nadene Lomu, widow of the famous All Black number 11, Jonah Lomu, has brought to light her complaints about a potential documentary covering her late husband, arguing that anything to do with her husband must be approved and cleared through her as the owner of trade marks filed to protect the Jonah Lomu name.
Article \ 21 Aug 2023
Curly Girl Method: The Deterioration of a Trade Mark
Lorraine Massey has failed in her bid to stop unofficial usage of the brand Modified Curly Girl (or Guy) and prevent others from registering similar trade marks.
Article \ 28 Jul 2023
Ten tips to evergreen your IP position
A strong and robust intellectual property (IP) position for your product innovation requires a proactive and adaptive approach. All too often, we see IP owners grapple with expiring IP and panic to maintain their competitive position in markets.