James & Wells Media Center Page http://www.jaws.co.nz James & Wells Media Center Page IP Protection: Targeting Export Markets http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/ip-protection-targeting-export-markets It’s a no-brainer.  If you are an exporter you want to ensure your intellectual property (IP) protection is robust in the export markets that are most important to you. Right? James & Wells proud to announce new partnership to help business growth http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/james-wells-proud-to-announce-new-partnership-to-help-business-growth Specialist intellectual property firm James & Wells is proud to announce their partnership with New Zealand SME business growth centre, The Icehouse. New blood filter therapy for kidney patients wins innovation award http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/new-blood-filter-therapy-for-kidney-patients-wins-innovation-award James & Wells wishes to congratulate Baxter Healthcare for winning the James & Wells Medical Technology Association of NZ (MTANZ) Innovation Award for 2018. Software: To Patent or not to patent? http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/software-to-patent-or-not-to-patent This article explores common myths surrounding the protection of software including: I’m fully protected as I have copyright My software is embedded so it’s a trade secret You can’t patent software, it is specifically excluded in the Patents Act 2013 Case Summary: Watkins v Prestige http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/case-summary-watkins-v-prestige The High Court has recently released their decision in the latest registered design infringement case.  Seminar Series gives SMEs clues to securing investment http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/seminar-series-gives-smes-clues-to-securing-investment Money makes the world go round.It’s an old saying, the truth (and origin) of which has been endlessly debated.  What is unchallengeable is that money – investment - is necessary for businesses to grow and stay the course in a competitive marketplace. China progresses e-commerce law changes http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/china-progresses-e-commerce-law-changes Intellectual property rights will receive greater protection in China later this year with the expected passing of new legislation governing e-commerce in the country. Second-tier patent system proposed for New Zealand http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/second-tier-patent-system-proposed-for-new-zealand A Members Bill to amend the New Zealand Patents Act 2013 was introduced by Dr Parmjeet Parmar on 5 April 2018.  If enacted, the proposed law will come into force on 1 October 2019.  The Bill, introduced by a member of the opposition government, is a bolt out of the blue, with no mention of this proposed law change being made during the 2017 election.   Patentability of inventions implemented in software http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/patentability-of-inventions-implemented-in-software The New Zealand Patents Act specifically excludes software from being patentable subject matter.  However, despite the software exclusion, an invention implemented in software may be patentable.  This article discusses patentability of software-implemented inventions and how to determine whether the software exclusion applies.     James & Wells in the media: Jonathan Lucas in NBR commenting on the new patents bill introduced http://www.jaws.co.nz/about-us/media/james-wells-in-the-media-jonathan-lucas-in-nbr-commenting-on-the-new-patent James & Wells Partner Jonathan Lucas has appeared on NBR Online and on NBR Radio commenting on the Patents (Advancement Patents) Amendment Bill introduced to parliament last week.  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.  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? 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.