James & Wells, New Zealand’s largest privately-owned intellectual property practice, and one of Australasia’s leading independent patent and trade mark firms, is expanding its presence in Australia with the acquisition of Brisbane based Innofy IP. This marks a step in James & Wells’ expansion into the Australian market. The combination with Innofy couldn’t be a better match. Both firms share an ethos of championing innovation and working with clients to ensure their success. Further, both firms are aligned in their commitment to independence, which has drastically diminished in the Australasian market in recent years.
Sometimes the most genius of ideas are born from looking at a problem through a different lens. Brothers Frank and Paul Austin can certainly attest to that. They invented ZYclip, a screw-less eyeglass frame design that revolutionises the way Eyewear frames can be built.Read more
The highly anticipated appeal judgment in Encompass Corporation Pty Ltd v InfoTrack Pty Ltd was handed down on Friday by a Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia. Here is a summary of the findings and some comments on the possible implications for computer-implemented inventions in New Zealand.Read more
James & Wells, New Zealand’s largest privately-owned intellectual property practice, and one of Australasia’s leading independent patent and trade mark firms, is expanding its presence in Australia with the acquisition of Brisbane based Innofy IP. This marks a step in James & Wells’ expansion into the Australian market.Read more
Changes to the Australian Competition and Consumer Act 2010 came in to force on 13 September 2019. Businesses with IP arrangements in Australia should review these to ensure that they comply with the amendments. We summarize the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission guidelines. Read more
Three days after launching in New Zealand, Kogan Mobile received a legal letter from Spark claiming a "passing-off" breach of the Fair Trading Act (1986) and saying it reserved its right to take legal action. James & Wells Senior Associate, Sebastien Aymeric spoke to the Herald about the situation.Read more
The Court of Appeal recently released its well-reasoned and articulate decision in Zhang v Sealegs International Limited  NZCA 389 (“Sealegs”), detailing the difference between ‘original’ in the ordinary sense of the word and ‘original’ in copyright law.Read more
House, car and contents. Health, life and income. Liability, assets and interruption. These are all types of personal and business insurance commonly available in New Zealand. What is not commonly available in New Zealand is insurance cover for IP claims.Read more
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