Latest News & Articles

  • 29 September 2020

    The Australian Government has proposed a number of legislative amendments to the Designs Act 2003 to provide more flexibility for designers during the early stages of getting protection and to simplify and clarify aspects of the designs system.


  • 29 September 2020

    Henry Hughes Law is a boutique IP law firm associated with Henry Hughes IP, and is proud to have been named a finalist in the Western Union Business Solution Intellectual Property Specialist Law Firm of the Year category in the New Zealand Law Awards 2020.


  • 11 September 2020

    In October the New Zealand public will be going to the polls. As well as voting in the national election we will be asked to vote on two referendums. One of those referendums - the one about the legalisation of cannabis - has IP implications. Obvious IP considerations relate to the use and registration of trade marks for cannabis products.



  • 22 July 2020

    Both IPONZ and IP Australia provide all their services through electronic portals. It is anticipated that it will be business as usual for filing applications and other correspondence with either office. However, both offices recognise the unprecedented nature the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak is having on businesses and have modified their practices to allow for this.


  • 30 June 2020

    We take a look at the implications of patent protection on the availability of vaccines against, and treatments for, Covid-19 in the rush to discover and create these and issues such as compulsory licensing and patent pools.



  • 28 June 2020

    Each year tens of thousands of counterfeit products are imported into New Zealand. An easy way to deter and stop the importation of such infringing goods is to lodge border protection notices with the Customs Service of New Zealand. This is now more accessible as it is no longer necessary to pay a bond.



  • 24 March 2020

    The Prime Minister of New Zealand has announced that New Zealand will move to COVID-19 alert level four at 11.59pm Wednesday 25 March 2020 for a period of four weeks as a preventative measure to break the chain of community transmission. This means that all businesses that are not providing essential services are to close and all our staff must work remotely.


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