Champions of innovation unite

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. Innofy is a perfect match for James & Wells. Both firms are aligned in their commitment to being a client focussed independent IP firm, privately owned by patent attorneys.


  • Encompass appeal: the latest word on manner of manufacture and computer-implemented inventions

    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

  • Champions of innovation unite

    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. Innofy is a perfect match for James & Wells. Both firms are aligned in their commitment to being a client focussed independent IP firm, privately owned by patent attorneys.Read more

  • Repeal of s51(3) of the Australian Competition and Consumer Act 2010

    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

  • Kogan goes hot pink after Spark legal threat

    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

  • Copyright “Heresy” – when original is not original for Copyright Law

    The Court of Appeal recently released its well-reasoned and articulate decision in Zhang v Sealegs International Limited [2019] NZCA 389 (“Sealegs”), detailing the difference between ‘original’ in the ordinary sense of the word and ‘original’ in copyright law.Read more

  • Courting discourteous behaviour in civil hearings

    The Contempt of Court Bill 2018 (“Contempt Bill”) passed its third reading in the House on 20 August 2019 and is at the time of writing awaiting royal assent.Read more

  • New Zealand Food Awards showcases future of food

    As proud sponsors of the New Zealand Food Awards we are delighted to see which products have been announced as this year's finalists.Read more

  • IP insurance – can you afford to be without it?

    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

  • NZ’s Zuru countersues Lego, escalating toy war

    Kiwi toy company Zuru has recently been involved in two high profile intellectual property law cases in the United States. James & Wells Senior Associate, Sebastien Aymeric spoke to the Herald about the differences in the two cases.Read more

  • Walking the trade secret tightrope

    We look at some common misconceptions related to intellectual property and software, and highlight the shortcomings of relying on trade secrets and copyright to protect inventions.Read more

  • Driving growth and value in agribusiness

    New Zealand companies have always been inventive problem-solvers in the farming and horticulture sectors. Tim McCready talks to David Macaskill, senior associate at James & Wells about protecting agribusiness innovation.Read more

  • Taking your innovation to the world – tips for exporters

    James & Wells recently held its annual seminar series fostering business innovation in New Zealand. This year’s theme was exporting, with eleven industry experts and successful exporters sharing their pearls of wisdom as well as common mistakes. There were a few key messages that stood out.Read more

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