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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.
Article \ 3 Nov 2021
NZ case examines copyright as a relationship property
In Palmer v Alalaakkola  NZHC 2330 (September 7 2021), the New Zealand High Court ruled that copyright in an artistic work qualifies as relationship property under the Property Relationships Act 1976 (PRA). AJ Park expert, Kathleen Henning, explores the case.
Article \ 18 Oct 2021
Proposed change to Australian designs system passed into law
The Australian Government have continued to progress a programme of reforms to the Australian design rights system. When the Designs Amendment (Advisory Council on Intellectual Property Response) Act 2021 commences, it will introduce several changes to the current Designs Act 2003. These seek to increase harmonisation with other jurisdictions and clarify the law for both owners and third parties.
Article \ 7 Oct 2021
Welcomed updates for Fiji’s new Trade Marks Act, Patents Act…
The new Fijian Trade Marks Act 2021, Patents Act 2021 and Designs Act 2021 introduces some welcomed updates. It has been some time since these acts were updated, in fact 88 years for the Trade Marks Act, and these changes are expected to modernise the way trade marks, patents and designs are treated in Fiji.
Article \ 1 Oct 2021
Divorce, art and copyright
A divorce case between an artist and her husband in New Zealand has got copyright issues thrown into the mix.
Article \ 28 Sep 2021
AI inventorship: ‘The Rise of the Machines’ in Australia
On 30 July 2021, the Federal Court of Australia held that an artificial intelligence (AI) system could be validly named on a patent application. In a historic decision (Thaler v Commissioner of Patents  FCA 879) of the Australian Federal Court, Beach J delivered a judgement that the owner of the AI system can derive title to the invention from a non-human i.e. an AI inventor.