Latest News & Articles

  • 10 January 2020

    As of 2 January 2020, Samoa is a party to the Patent Cooperation Treaty, the Hague System for protection of industrial designs, and the Lisbon System for protection of geographical indications.

  • 18 December 2019

    The less popular sibling to registered trade marks and patents had its 'day at the spa' recently as an application for cancellation of a registered design was heard and published. We take a quick look at what happened and what can be taken away.

  • 25 November 2019

    IP Australia is in the process of reviewing protection for designs. The review and reforms are taking place in two stages, and IP Australia is currently consulting on both stages.

  • 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.

  • 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.


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