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.
The United Kingdom will be withdrawing from the European Union (EU) on 29 March 2019. New Zealand businesses that operate in these jurisdictions should plan for any changes that will affect their registered intellectual property rights.Read more
On 17 March 2019, the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure, to quote its official title, will come into force in New Zealand.Read more
The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTTP) introduces amendments to the New Zealand Copyright Act and Trade Marks Act which came into effect on 30 December 2018.Read more
James & Wells Solicitor Sebatien Aymeric commented on an article about the recent case in which Nivea won the rights to exclusively use the term 'Black & White' to sell personal care products in New Zealand.Read more
Amendments to the Patents Regulations 2014, the Trade Mark Regulations 2003, the Trade Marks (International Registration) Regulations 2012 and the Design Regulations 1954 entered into force on 5 April 2018. We summarise the most material changes here.Read more
Recent legal updates from the Intellectual Property Office of New ZealandRead more
In March 2018, the TPP countries proceeded without the US to sign a new free-trade deal called the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.Read more
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