Insight

An Expensive Ear-Worm: Why You Don’t Hear Frosty the Snowman © in the Mall

Copyright may be why you never hear your favourite Christmas songs while shopping. We discuss the recent High Court decision on playing music in store.

6 Good Reasons to Use a Trade Mark Professional

Why use a trade mark professional to file an application to register a trade mark? We discuss six good reasons.

Deal or No Deal: Is Brexit Finally Here?

Brexit is currently scheduled to occur on 31 October 2019. We discuss what will happen for EU trade marks and designs if there is a deal or not.

Fee Changes for NZ Patents and Trade Marks

Patent and trade mark fees in New Zealand will change from 13 February 2020. Is this good or bad for New Zealand businesses?

Trade Marks Over the Breakfast Bowl

For a New Zealand shape trade mark, you must show that the shape identifies the trader. We discuss shape trade marks and the Kellogg's Nutri-Grain decision.

Ellis Terry is again one of New Zealand's top IP firms in 2019

Ellis Terry has again been ranked as one of New Zealand's top firms for patent prosecution and trade mark prosecution in 2019.

A Final Innovative Step: Australia Plans to Phase Out Innovation Patents

On 25 July 2019, the Australian Government introduced a bill to make a number of changes to the patents system. The changes to Crown use of patents and designs and to compulsory licences will be of interest to some. But the biggest change is…

Reducing Reuse: Australia's Full Court Develops the Law on Refurbishing Patented Products

In Calidad v Seiko, the Full Court has confirmed that refurbishing patented products in Australia may result in patent infringement.

Declaration of Use for Trade Marks — Why and Why Not?

In an increasing number of countries, a declaration of use must be filed either before a trade mark is registered or at renewal. However, declarations of use are not a requirement under New Zealand trade mark law. This raises the question - is implementing a declaration of use requirement the right way to go?