• Privacy Act 2020 to become law on 1 December 2020

    On 1 December 2020, the Privacy Act 2020 will repeal and replace the Privacy Act 1993. What do New Zealand businesses need to do to ensure they comply with the new framework?Read more

  • Bursting prosecco’s bubble: What GI law changes could mean for local producers

    Free Trade Agreement negotiations between New Zealand and the European Union have asked for the recognition and protection of a list of EU geographical indications. While the New Zealand government’s public consultation process has now ended, across the Tasman battles are still being fought over such contentious issues.Read more

  • Open patents and automotive innovation

    When you have a great invention, it seems there are two choices: patent and monopolise for commercial advantage, or make the innovation available for all to use? Not quite. We explore the ‘hybrid’ option known as open patenting.Read more

  • Open slather on automotive style icons

    The recent purchase of a late model Land Rover Defender has Ian Finch pondering how neglect of copyright and trademarks has given rise to the reincarnation of some of the world’s most iconic vehicles. Read more

  • Protecting your competitive advantage

    Intellectual property remains under-leveraged by many businesses, yet it’s one of the most valuable tools they have in their arsenal for long-term success. Carrick Robinson of James & Wells explains to NZ Lawyer why protecting your IP can be crucial during challenging times Read more

  • James & Wells recommended by IAM Patent 1000

    James & Wells has been recognised as a leading intellectual property law firm in Australia and New Zealand by IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals. Five James & Wells professionals were also ranked for their individual expertise.Read more

  • UPDATE: IPONZ and IP Australia services  

    IPONZ and IP Australia have acknowledged that circumstances related to COVID-19 have affected the ability of applicants to respond to deadlines.  Both offices have provided updates on how their practices have been modified to extend deadlines.Read more

  • keeping your IP on track: five tips for inhouse counsel

    With so many issues and demands competing for your attention, your IP strategy can sometimes quietly slip to the bottom of the pile. IP won’t always be front-of-mind for legal counsel, so it’s important to revisit and re-assess your position as often as possible. Read more

  • Industrial (c) versus registered (d): which to use and when

    In New Zealand, rights in product designs can be protected in two way. This article explores the main differences between copyright rights and registered design rights and how they can be used, independently and together, to stop infringement.Read more

  • Rokt: Greater Clarity for Australia on Computer-Implemented Inventions

    In its decision in Commissioner of Patents v Rokt Pte Ltd, a Full Bench of the Federal Court of Australia has delivered some sorely needed guidance on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions under Australian law.Read more

  • Protecting your property – IP Law in 2020

    The legislation around intellectual property, trade marks and patents plays a critical role in the modern business landscape – but it's not always well understood by the wider public. We speak to NZ Lawyer about what legal professionals can do to bring greater awareness to the importance of these matters.Read more

  • James & Wells expands its presence in Wellington

    James & Wells is delighted to announce that Britta Fromow has joined our firm. Based in Wellington, Fromow has been welcomed into the firm’s growing Mechanical Engineering Team, where she will enhance the already strong James & Wells patent practice.Read more

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