Trolls and Your Intellectual Property

The IP troll makes money by holding what it owns to ransom. What lessons can the IP owner learn from The Three Billy Goats Gruff?

The Risky Business of Copying Established Traders' IP

Imitating the look, feel, and trade marks of an established trader is dangerous. We discuss how to balance inspiration and originality.

Revocation for Non-Use: Not for Busybodies

Revocation of a New Zealand trade mark for non-use can be a good tool in the right hands, but there are other options to consider first.

Can and Should an Incorrect Owner Name be Corrected by Assignment in New Zealand?

When a trade mark application is filed in the wrong name, this can be fatal to the application. We discuss whether and how this can be fixed in New Zealand.

Driving Research & Development in a Downturn

In past recessions, businesses that invested in R&D thrived. During any downturn from COVID-19, businesses should resist cutting back on R&D.

A Place for Intellectual Property in Times of Crisis

In times of crisis, it is natural to focus on doing what you must to ensure day-today life is manageable. But eventually we will come out the other side, and you should have a plan in place for the new normal. Your IP rights should form part of that plan.

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

Australia is abolishing on 26 August 2021. Australian and New Zealand businesses will need to take action before this date.

SKY v SKYKICK – Lessons from Europe

The recent case of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) Sky v SkyKick is being touted as one of the most important decisions for trade mark law out of Europe in the last couple of years. We discuss what all the fuss is about and what lessons can be learnt from this decision:

Intellectual Property in the Post-Brexit UK

The UK has left the EU. What does this mean for intellectual property?