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  • 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.






  • 27 October 2022

     Following the recent conclusion of Free Trade Agreement negotiations between New Zealand and both the EU and the UK, new intellectual property obligations for the Government have emerged. Hon Carmel Sepuloni, the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, has announced the establishment of the Artist Royalty Scheme.


  • 27 October 2022

    Legal disputes between successful bands who have parted ways are not an uncommon occurrence. Such events are a cautionary tale, not only for musicians but to all individuals who band together on small-scale business ventures. Whether you are a musical group or your talents lie in a tech start-up, it is prudent to anticipate partners going their separate ways in the future.


  • 27 October 2022

     Henry Hughes IP has been recognised for its hard work this year by receiving a number of awards. Rankings were based on a number of attributes, including initiatives, achievements, longevity in the industry, points of difference, third party references and client service approach.


  • 25 October 2022

     The High Court of Australia recently handed down its decision in Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Patents [2022] HCA 29 regarding computer-implemented inventions in Australia.


  • 6 July 2022

     In the District Court of New York, an unusual dispute has recently unfolded involving Intellectual Property, Art, Crypto-currency and Fashion. We discuss the latest challenging of Non-fungible Tokens (NFTs) called "MetaBirkin" - a series of digital images featuring furry renditions of Hermes' coveted and exclusive Birkin handbag.


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