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  • 9 January 2014

    If your trade mark comprises foreign language words, do not assume that it is registrable as a trade mark in Australia. Under the Trade Marks Act 1995 (“the Act”) a trade mark must be capable of distinguishing he applicant’s goods or services in respect of which the trade mark is sought to be registered from the goods or services of other persons. In other words, the trade mark must be distinctive. Depending on the nature of the goods or services of the application, the foreign language words may not be distinctive.

  • 27 September 2011

    The Patents Act 2013 came into force on 13 September 2014 and is a replacement for the Patents Act 1953. This Act will make it more difficult and more expensive to obtain a valid patent in New Zealand, thus "raises the bar" for patentability in New Zealand. We recommend considering filing or entering national phase in New Zealand prior to 13 September 2014 in order to avoid the more onerous conditions of the Patents Act 2013.

  • 27 September 2011

    The Waitangi Tribunal's report on the WAI 262 claim was released on 3 July 2011.

    Commonly known as the “flora and fauna” claim, the WAI 262 claim addressed the ownership and use of Maori knowledge, cultural expressions, indigenous species of flora and fauna, all known as taonga (treasures), and inventions and products derived from indigenous flora and fauna and/or utilising Maori knowledge. Here we look at a number of key facts as they are relevant to Intellectual Property rights.

  • 13 November 2009

    Your trade mark is your brand. It’s the way people remember you and your product – think Whittaker’s, 42 Below, Swanndri. Recognition of a brand allows customers to make repeat purchasers from you and it is an important business asset.

  • 7 August 2006

    Domain names within the .nz space are registered on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, when the name is registered, there is no enquiry into whether the registrant is entitled to use and register the domain name.


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