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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.
Article \ 18 Oct 2022
IP and R&D funding in New Zealand
New Zealand has a thriving SME ecosystem which is supported by various sources of funding, grants and tax incentives for intellectual property (IP) and other intangible assets and research and development (R&D). Navigating the landscape of available support can be challenging, so we have summarised a list of key sources below.
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 \ 11 Oct 2022
Happy 10th birthday to the Madrid Protocol in New Zealand
With all great birthday celebrations, there is always an element of reflection. As we near the 10th birthday of the Madrid Protocol in Aoteraroa New Zealand, it’s timely to look at the past 10 years and prompt those who engaged early on that their renewal is due soon.
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 \ 8 Jul 2022
Mere scheme or something more? Business method patents
Patent law inherently excludes certain things from being patented. It is possible that an invention is new and inventive, but at the same time if that invention is something that is specifically excluded from being patent eligible, then such an invention cannot be patented regardless of how novel and inventive it is.