What makes a design “new or original”? As design registration litigation is rare in New Zealand, this has not been comprehensively considered for 15 years. A recent IPONZ decision prompted the Assistant Commissioner to re-cap and summarise the relevant principles. Read more. Read more
The New Zealand Patents Amendment Regulations 2019 (“the 2019 Regulations”) were recently signed into force and will have effect from 13 February 2020. The 2019 Regulations introduce a raft of changes to the official fees for the patent process in New Zealand, affecting examination, annuity and renewal, amendment and administration costs for New Zealand patent rights.Read more
Copyright protects the expression of a person’s ideas. But if a person did not make those choices and instead they were AI-generated, who owns copyright?Read more
August 15, 2019 saw the merger of two of Australia’s three listed IP firm holding companies – with IPH acquiring Xenith in its entirety - and consequently, an uncertain future for the remaining IP holding company, QANTM. Clients, already starved of choice, will find themselves with even less choice and increased conflict of interest risks in this new landscape.Read more
The NZ Herald sought expert opinion from Senior Associate, Sebastien Aymeric, on a potential US trade dress infringement of Allbirds shoes by Amazon. Read more
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