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  • 12 May 2021

    Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark has successfully opposed the registration of her colloquial nickname AUNTY HELEN in New Zealand. We take a look at this interesting and slightly different case.


  • 2 May 2021

    We were surprised to read that staff at some law firms were working such long hours that they were not paid the legal minimum wage for the hours worked. In New Zealand the minimum wage paid to any worker is set by the government and is reviewed each year.


  • 1 May 2021

    Until 30 September 2021 the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) is trialing an initiative to schedule hearings for proceedings which can be heard by the Assistant Commissioner at short notic




  • 17 February 2021

    Both IPONZ and IP Australia provide all their services through electronic portals. It is therefore business as usual for filing applications and other correspondence with either office.

    In recognition of the unprecedented nature the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak is having on businesses IP Australia has modified their processes and practices to support businesses and where possible will extend deadlines.



  • 17 December 2020

    Once the transition period expires on 1 January 2021, the United Kingdom will exit the European Union. We take a look at what this means for your European trade mark and design rights.


  • 23 November 2020

    The government has recommended a change to the deadline for filing a divisional patent application in New Zealand, abolishing the current 5 year deadline and replacing it with a requirement that any divisional applications be filed during the examination phase of the parent.


  • 23 November 2020

    Several small yet significant changes are on the horizon for New Zealand Intellectual Property Laws. A number of these proposals have now been agreed to by cabinet and will proceed to draft legislation.


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