Imported stock may be unsaleable in New Zealand if it infringes intellectual property rights here.
The Customs Department has the authority to search incoming goods and seize those infringing the intellectual property rights of others. The cost to the importer of this type of seizure is high.
Exporters should also be concerned to determine whether or not a product which they wish to export may be marketed and used in a particular country without infringing intellectual property rights in that country.
James & Wells is able to undertake this type of investigation and devise intellectual property strategies for exporters using the information gathered.