Insight

Frequently Asked Questions about Protecting Your Trade Mark on Tropical Islands

Advances in communication and travel have opened trade routes and access for consumers and traders across many industries.  Commerce in far-flung islands is no longer hampered by distance and a number of island states are now establishing their…

New Zealand’s Newest Website Domain Extension: .nz

The shortened domain extension .nz became available for registration as of 1pm on 30 September 2014. This means individuals and companies, from both New Zealand and around the world, can now register theirname.nz. New Zealand follows in…

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…