James & Wells Media Center Page http://www.jaws.co.nz James & Wells Media Center Page The changing face of China business http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/the-changing-face-of-china-business As we move towards the end of one of the hottest summers on record, it’s worth posing the question: Has the heat gone out of Chinese investment in New Zealand? The Clean Labelling Conundrum http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/the-clean-labelling-conundrum Food & Beverage businesses are facing their toughest critics yet in the age of corporate social responsibility and consumer activism.  New Code backs trans-Tasman IP concerns http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/new-code-backs-trans-tasman-ip-concerns Sanity appears to have prevailed with the release of a new trans-Tasman Code of Conduct for patent and trade mark attorneys that addresses recent concerns about the direction of the intellectual property (IP) profession in Australasia. James & Wells in the media: Ceri Wells in NBR || New code to increase transparency in IP firms http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/james-wells-in-the-media-ceri-wells-in-nbr-new-code-to-increase-transparenc James & Wells Founding Partner has been interviewed by the NBR on the introduction of the new code of conduct for Patent Attorneys.  James & Wells announce new partnership to help champion sports performance innovation http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/james-wells-announce-new-partnership-to-help-champion-sports-performance-in Staying true to their reputation of championing innovation, national intellectual property (IP) specialists James & Wells are proud to announce a new partnership with the Sports Performance Innovation Forum.   Turning Innovation into Gold: Attracting Investment http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/turning-innovation-into-gold-attracting-investment All businesses need capital to grow. To scale up and make it on the world stage you need investment. There are plenty of different funding options available ranging from bank loans to online investment, venture capital and private equity. What are the advantages of each, and what do investors look for in a potential investment? 2050: What will we be eating? http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/2050-what-will-we-be-eating In the November Issue of New Zealand Food Technology, Editor Kathryn Calvert asked for submissions on what the future of food would look like in 2050.  This is my prediction.  Changes in the Australian and New Zealand IP profession http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/changes-in-the-australian-and-new-zealand-ip-profession Over the last three years, the New Zealand and Australian intellectual property (IP) profession has undergone a significant change. Legislative amendments to both the New Zealand and Australian Patents Acts have meant that IP firms can now incorporate. This has led to a trend where eight of Australia’s top ten biggest IP firms, having previously operated as traditional partnerships, have been acquired by publicly listed companies, as a means of raising capital and additionally providing an exit strategy for partners wanting to cash  Kiwi toy maker Zuru wins Bunch O Balloons battle against US company http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/kiwi-toy-maker-zuru-wins-bunch-o-balloons-battle-against-us-company James & Wells Associate Sébastien Aymeric has commented in a Stuff.co.nz article on the Zuru v Telebrands Case.  A new patent system for Europe http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/a-new-patent-system-for-europe Major changes to the way European patents are dealt with are underway. A new type of European patent, commonly referred to as the “Unitary Patent”, will be available. The Unitary Patent will allow a single patent to have effect in every participating European country, without the need to “validate” the patent in individual countries as is currently required to give effect to a “classical” European patent.Along with the Unitary Patent, a new Unified Patent Court (“UPC”) will be set up to hear cases relating to Unitary Patents.  James & Wells – Proud to be locally owned & operated http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/james-wells-proud-to-be-locally-owned-and-operated The partners at James & Wells are determined to remain an independent locally owned IP firm so that we can continue our mission as ‘Champions of Innovation’ and outspoken supporters of innovative New Zealanders and New Zealand businesses. November 2017 Newsletter http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/november-2017-newsletter Check out our November 2017 newsletter!  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. 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. Kiwis ‘unsophisticated and naive’ attitude toward intellectual property rights http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/kiwis-unsophisticated-and-naive-attitude-toward-intellectual-property-right New Zealand has an unsophisticated and naïve attitude towards intellectual property rights.  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.