Insight

First award of indemnity costs by the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand

Ellis Terry was recently successful in obtaining what is believed to be the first award of indemnity costs by the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ).  Despite their power to award indemnity costs, IPONZ has always been reluctant…

Key changes under the Patents Act 2013 (the “New Act”)

Effective 13 September 2014 Higher Thresholds Change from local novelty (known or used in New Zealand) to absolute novelty (known or used anywhere). Patentability threshold changes from ‘benefit of the doubt’ to ‘balance of…

The “Jandal Scandal” Takes a New Twist

In a scandal of jandal proportion, Stuff is reporting an army of fanatics has formed following the stoush which emerged yesterday regarding the monopolisation of this quintessential kiwi word. Yesterday a Hamilton based online retailer lastseason.co.nz…

Revision in Chinese trade mark law

On 30 August 2013 China’s Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress revised China’s trade mark law passing the “Decision on Revising the Trademark Law of the People’s Republic of China”. The changes will significantly…