Latest News & Articles
15 July 2019
The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has released a discussion document calling for submissions about changes to the Patents Act 2013, including divisional applications, extensions of time for hearings, utility, poisonous priority and exhaustion of rights.
12 July 2019
MBIE has called for submissions regarding the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) by IPONZ, including use to make "complex discretionary decisions". In principle, this could include an AI system deciding whether to grant IP rights on New Zealand patent, trade mark, or design applications.
11 July 2019
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), the government agency responsible for New Zealand's IP policy and laws, is proposing a review of New Zealand's IP laws, including the Trade Marks Act 2002.
30 May 2019
We are pleased to announce the launch of our new online services.
Whether you're a new business or have a new idea or product, our online services offering will be beneficial to you.
8 April 2019
The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand has released the result of their review of Office fees and subsequent consultation. We look at what this means for patent and trade mark Applicants in New Zealand.
29 March 2019
The New Zealand Court of Appeal clarifies points of law in New Zealand as to revocation, conflicting applications/registrations, and ownership in International Consolidated Business Pty Ltd v S C Johnson & Son Inc  NZCA 61.
22 March 2019
The Australian Government recently enacted legislation to repeal section 51(3) of the Australian Competition and Consumer Act 2010, which exempted conditions in the licensing or assignment of IP rights from being subject to competition law. The New Zealand Government is proposing to follow suit.
8 March 2019
Several recent decisions of the Assistant Commissioner of Patents suggest that we may see a relaxation of how the Patents Act 2013 and its regulations are applied in New Zealand.
22 February 2019
We will be attending the INTA annual meeting in Boston and Bio in Philadelphia and look forward to seeing you there.
Henry Hughes IP trade mark practitioners listed among the world's leading trademark professionals in WTR 1000
20 February 2019
We are pleased to announce that three of our senior trade mark practitioners have been named among the world's leading trade mark professionals in World Trademark Review's WTR 1000 (2019).