James & Wells Media Center Page http://www.jaws.co.nz James & Wells Media Center Page Harvesting the fruits of your labour http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/harvesting-the-fruits-of-your-labour Kiwis punch above their weight in many arenas.But there’s one race where we are now well off the pace – the innovation race. Our history of innovation is a rich one, but the world is full of creative people solving problems – and many nations have leapt ahead of us The decline and fall of the Patent Attorney http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/the-decline-and-fall-of-the-patent-attorney In recent years, the intellectual property (IP) profession in New Zealand and Australia has been going through a reshaping of seismic proportions, and still there are major aftershocks ahead.The situation is particularly bad in New Zealand where the Government’s philosophical desire for an integrated market with Australia has left the small elite patent attorney decimated and vulnerable. Changes to Australia’s patent system underway http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/changes-to-australias-patent-system-underway The Australian Government has recently been reviewing Australia’s IP laws. In response to a report of the Government’s Productivity Commission, the Government recently announced that a number of changes to Australia’s IP legislation will be introduced, including some which affect the patent system. Innovation Heroes Show & Tell: Market Ready http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/innovation-heroes-show-tell-market-ready In this episode of the Innovation Heroes Show & Tell series. a spotlight is put on being 'market ready'. IP in the fast lane: New Zealand joins the Global Patent Prosecution Highway http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/ip-in-the-fast-lane-new-zealand-joins-the-global-patent-prosecution-highway The recent announcement by the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) that they are now participating in the Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH), is an exciting development. IPONZ joins 22 other patent offices, mainly from European countries, but also Australia, Canada, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and the United States are now participating in the GPPH. IP key to securing investment http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/ip-key-to-securing-investment Investors consider many aspects of a potential investment but one of the most important factors is your intellectual property (IP). This article explains what aspects of IP investors are interested in, particularly in an early pitch. Guarding your recipes for success http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/guarding-your-recipes-for-success Mention the word “invention” and what jumps to mind is usually a mechanical gadget – a new mousetrap – or a fancy new “app.”We don’t generally associate the word - or the concept of innovation - with food.  But the food and beverage industry is rife with innovative thinking.  The vast range of foods and ingredients provides potential to make new products, develop novel combinations for new dishes, prepare valuable extracts, or do something innovative with an existing production process. As food perishes, anything that can make it last longer and remain fresh and nutritious (and tasty) will be of major interest to the industry and consumers. Champion your innovation: enter the NZ Innovation Awards 2017 http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/champion-your-innovation-enter-the-nz-innovation-awards-2017 Kiwis are an innovative bunch. From the humble paperclip, to building rockets, to feeding hungry kids, to cola with a conscience. Kiwis have innovation in their bones and we want to encourage those who have created something innovative- whether it’s a product, service, process or business to enter the NZ Innovation Awards 2017.  Innovative diabetes prevention device wins James & Wells Innovation Award http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/innovative-diabetes-prevention-device-wins-james-wells-innovation-award James & Wells wishes to congratulate New Zealand Medical & Scientific (NZMS) for winning the James & Wells Medical Technology Association of NZ (MTANZ) Innovation Award for 2017. What the fidget? http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/what-the-fidget Who remembers Chatter-Rings, the novelty craze of the mid-1990s? Kids everywhere, walking down the street frantically spinning their Chatter-Rings, along with the accompanying noisy jingle.  Paying for your competitors’ R&D http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/paying-for-your-competitors-rd New Zealand prides itself on being competitive in the sporting arena and it’s fair to say Kiwis punch above their weight in many sporting codes – and lead the world in a few.But there’s one race where we are well back in the field and slipping further and further from the pacesetters, despite what we think are our best efforts – the innovation race. ‘Champions of Innovation’ encourage innovative food & beverage businesses to enter NZ Food Awards. http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/champions-of-innovation-encourage-innovative-food-beverage-businesses-to-en As the ‘Champions of Innovation’ in the food and beverage sector, James & Wells is encouraging innovative food and beverage companies to enter the James & Wells Business Innovation Award at the 2017 New Zealand Food Awards. James & Wells appoints new senior staff http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/james-wells-appoints-new-senior-staff National intellectual property specialists James & Wells have made three significant senior appointments.Ben Cain and David Macaskill have been appointed to Senior Associate, while Rebecca Pennell has been promoted to Human Resources Manager.  What do Netflix, Kiwi innovators and a small town in Texas have in common? http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/what-do-netflix-kiwi-innovators-and-a-small-town-in-texas-have-in-common The short answer is patent trolls. The long answer is that using cloud computing to do business may get you sued by patent trolls in the District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. March 2017 newsletter http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/march-2017-newsletter This month, we are proud to announce the appointment of John Mansell to the firm. John joins our Food & Beverage and Life Sciences Innovation teams as a Senior Associate. He is one of several new hires at the firm, which is going through significant growth. James & Wells announce two new partnerships to help champion the food and beverage sector. http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/james-wells-announce-two-new-partnerships-to-help-champion-the-food-and-bev Staying true to their reputation of championing innovation in the food and beverage sector, national intellectual property (IP) specialists James & Wells are proud to announce two new partnerships with the New Zealand Food Awards and the New Zealand Food Summit. Getting export-ready for China http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/getting-export-ready-for-china Not surprisingly, Kiwi businesses in growing numbers are eyeing up China as an export market.The scale of the potential business and consumer trade is mouth-watering, and our Free Trade Agreement and the good work of our politicians have paved the way. IP firm expands to meet market growth http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/ip-firm-expands-to-meet-market-growth National intellectual property specialists James & Wells have appointed John Mansell to join the firm’s Food and Beverage and Life Science Innovation teams as a Senior Associate. Watching China in 2017 http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/watching-china-in-2017 China-watching is mandatory for many people in business.The world’s most-populous nation looms large on the global stage in politics, commerce and sport.  Its 300 million aspiring middle class citizens – still a small part of the total population - are increasingly sophisticated in their consumer activities, travelling a lot more and further, and pursuing business interests on all continents and the South Pacific region. Superfood, supplemented food or dietary supplement? http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/superfood-supplemented-food-or-dietary-supplement It seems everything these days is a "superfood", including our common everyday veg. It's a buzzword of the food industry – however when using this term loosely it could have larger implications by implying a health claim about the food that is being sold.