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What should you do if your trade mark is used on the internet?

How do you know when the actions of another trader on the world wide web are an actionable breach of your trade mark rights?

New Zealand's New Grace Period

New Zealand introduces a 1 year grace period for disclosures by inventors and patent applicants. How will this work in practice?

UKIPO Update on Brexit

As the Brexit date approaches, recent reports indicate that the UK Government will offer automatic and free conversion of EU registered trade marks into UK registered trade marks. But how accurate is this? White Paper on Future Relationship…

Ellis Terry Overturns Restrictive Amendment Practice

Ellis Terry helps to clarify the meaning of support in New Zealand law. This should allow a much broader level of amendments to be made.

Trade mark protection - What should you register?

Picture this; you develop a trade mark for a hat, do some due diligence, find it is clear and secure a trade mark registration for “hats”. Fast forward five years, and business is going well. You’re thinking about expanding your product…

Brexit Trade Mark Changes Update

State of Play So Far 23 June 2016 referendum held in the United Kingdom (UK) to decide whether to leave the European Union (EU) was held – 52% majority to depart. 29 March 2017, Article 50 of the Treaty of the EU was invoked and started…

Geographical Indications for Wines and Spirits now Registrable in New Zealand

The Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Act 2006 (“the Act”) and the associated regulations came into force on 27 July 2017. The Act creates a Register where geographic locations in New Zealand can now be registered…

NZ joins Global Patent Prosecution Highway

New Zealand joined the Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) pilot programme on 6 July 2017. The GPPH is an agreement between patent offices around the world that provides a means to expedite examination on the basis of one or more allowed…

China’s Official Trade Mark Fees Reduced by 50%

As of 1 April 2017, the Chinese Trademark Office has reduced a number of official trade mark fees by 50%. It has done this as part of the Chinese government’s effort to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation. The 50% reduction in fees…