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22 March 2019
The Australian Government recently enacted legislation to repeal section 51(3) of the Australian Competition and Consumer Act 2010, which exempted conditions in the licensing or assignment of IP rights from being subject to competition law. The New Zealand Government is proposing to follow suit.
8 March 2019
Several recent decisions of the Assistant Commissioner of Patents suggest that we may see a relaxation of how the Patents Act 2013 and its regulations are applied in New Zealand.
22 February 2019
We will be attending the INTA annual meeting in Boston and Bio in Philadelphia and look forward to seeing you there.
Henry Hughes IP trade mark practitioners listed among the world's leading trademark professionals in WTR 1000
20 February 2019
We are pleased to announce that three of our senior trade mark practitioners have been named among the world's leading trade mark professionals in World Trademark Review's WTR 1000 (2019).
14 December 2018
Whether Weetabix was an infringement of the Weet-Bix trade mark framed the issue before the High Court in the recent case of Australasian Conference Association Limited v A Little Bit of Britain Limited  NZHC 2501.
12 December 2018
Amendments to the Patents Act 2013 mean that from 30 December 2018, a general grace period of 12 months will be provided for in New Zealand. There are some important points to note about this provision.
11 December 2018
On 30 December 2018, the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) Agreement will come into force. This means that some amendments to intellectual property laws set out in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership Amendment Act 2018 will come into force the same day.
10 December 2018
As 2018 draws to a close, we wish to thank our wonderful clients for their support and instructions over the year. We also wish you a happy and safe holiday season.
Read on for Christmas / New Year closure dates for IPONZ, IP Australia and our office.
24 August 2018
Following the recent decision of the European Court of Justice in Societe des produits Nestle v Mondelez UK Holdings & Services  EUECJ C-84/17P regarding the Kit-kat shape trade mark, we provide an overview, examples and leadings cases for the registrability of shape trade marks in New Zealand.