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  • 4 May 2023

    Ed Sheeran faces trial in the US for yet another copyright action, this time for potential infringement of Marvin Gaye and Ed Townsend’s 1973 hit classic Let’s Get It On by use of certain chord progressions in his 2014 hit Thinking Out Loud.

  • 14 April 2023

     Trade mark practitioners in Australia breathed a sigh of relief when the High Court issued its decision in Self Care IP Holdings Pty Ltd v Allergan Australia Pty Ltd [2023] HCA 8 (15 March 2023). We did not have to read far: by paragraph 3 the High Court affirmed that the reputation of a trade mark is not relevant to the question of deceptive similarity when determining whether a registered mark has been infringed under section 120(1) of the Australian Trade Marks Act 1995.

  • 12 April 2023

     On the death of Queen Elizabeth II on 8 September 2022, Prince Charles automatically became the King of New Zealand. All of the functions, duties, powers, authorities, rights, privileges, and dignities belonging to the Crown transferred to the new King.  So what does this mean for the use of Royal titles? 

  • 7 March 2023

     Registered designs protect new and original aesthetic features of an article, such as the shape, configuration, pattern, and ornamentation. While there are similarities and overlap with other rights, registered designs provide a number of advantages that can be leveraged to best protect your intellectual property.

  • 21 December 2022

    The New Zealand Plant Variety Rights Bill, the Bill had its third reading before Parliament on 16 November 2022, received Royal Assent on 18 November, and the Plant Variety Rights Act 2022 will commence on 24 January 2022.


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