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Article \ 28 Nov 2023
The Designs Act 1953 – living on borrowed time?
Is the Designs Act 1953, unamended and underused since passed into law 70 years ago, due an update?
Article \ 15 Nov 2023
Post-acceptance amendments in New Zealand
Post-acceptance amendments to a patent application in New Zealand are only allowed in certain circumstances and require careful drafting of the amendment to ensure it meets the relevant criteria. This article considers when an amendment might be permitted.
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 \ 5 Oct 2023
Intellectual property in the final frontier - AJ Park marks…
4-10 October is World Space Week, and this year's theme is “Space and Entrepreneurship”. In recognition of World Space Week, Principal Anton Blijlevens, leader of the firm's Aerospace team, shared some of his space IP insights with us.
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 \ 15 Aug 2023
Commonwealth fail in compensation claim for delayed listing of generic…
On appeal, the Full Federal Court of Australia has rejected the Commonwealth’s claim against Sanofi for compensation for the delayed listing of generic clopidogrel.
Article \ 1 Aug 2023
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.