James & Wells Media Center Page http://www.jaws.co.nz James & Wells Media Center Page 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. 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. 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.  ‘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.