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Article \ 16 Mar 2022
New .au Domain Names – don’t miss out on priority…
From 24 March 2022 the new shorter domain name .au direct will be available in Australia.
Article \ 15 Mar 2022
IPONZ decision revisits the Swiss-type format and double patenting in…
The recent Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) decision in Taiho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.  NZIPOPAT 1 (Taiho) provides further guidance for applicants seeking patent protection for a new medical use in New Zealand. The decision also appears to signal the end of objections to a form of double-patenting in New Zealand that has ancient roots.
Article \ 9 Mar 2022
Parent-divisional claim overlap in New Zealand
The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) has recently updated The Patent Examination Manual section regarding ’Regulation 82: Claims overlap between parent & divisional applications‘ in response to some recent decisions following hearings before an Assistant Commissioner.
Client story \ 3 Mar 2022
Bringing Aotearoa’s best ideas to the world
Bringing Aotearoa’s best ideas to the world. For over 30 years, UniServices has played a unique role injecting many of Aotearoa’s best ideas into the wider world.
Article \ 14 Feb 2022
AI inventorship: ‘The Rise of the Machines’ reaches Aotearoa …
Hot on the heels of the landmark Australian Federal Court decision in July 2021, the case of the artificial intelligence (AI) inventor has reached New Zealand shores.
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 \ 30 Nov 2021
Criticism over copyright issues prods NZ library to cease book…
The New Zealand National Library decided to cease its donation of 600,000 books from its overseas published collection to Internet Archive for digitization, following a wave of criticism due to copyright issues.
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 \ 22 Nov 2021
Trade marks and the metaverse
Recently, Mark Zuckerberg revealed a new, ambitious vision for Facebook. The trillion-dollar social media company would transition to ’a metaverse company’ named ‘Meta’. This move indicates that the metaverse is something to keep an eye on, and it will perhaps play a dominant role in our future. Some are even claiming it is the next version of the internet. However, we will need to wait and see if it reaches these heights.
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 \ 5 Nov 2021
Modelling cryptocurrency for legal analysis
In New Zealand’s first significant cryptocurrency case, Ruscoe & Moore v Cryptopia , the High Court (Christchurch) found cryptocurrencies constituted personal property. The court, perhaps bravely in the context of long held common law personal property theory, accepted there were other categories of intangible property in addition to choses in action.