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IP in the fast lane: New Zealand joins the Global Patent Prosecution Highway

28 July 2017. Posted by Jared Millar .

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.

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IP key to securing investment

29 June 2017. Posted by Jonathan Lucas .

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.

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Guarding your recipes for success

29 June 2017. Posted by John Mansell .

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.

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Champion your innovation: enter the NZ Innovation Awards 2017

22 June 2017. Posted by Emily Agnew , John Mansell .

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. 

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Innovative diabetes prevention device wins James & Wells Innovation Award

22 June 2017. Posted by Emily Agnew , Jonathan Lucas .

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.

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What the fidget?

15 June 2017. Posted by Jared Millar .

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. 

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Paying for your competitors’ R&D

15 June 2017. Posted by Andrew Scott .

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.

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‘Champions of Innovation’ encourage innovative food & beverage businesses to enter NZ Food Awards.

24 May 2017. Posted by John Mansell , Emily Agnew .

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.

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James & Wells appoints new senior staff

18 May 2017. Posted by David Macaskill , Ben Cain .

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. 

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What do Netflix, Kiwi innovators and a small town in Texas have in common?

10 May 2017. Posted by Sébastien Aymeric .

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.

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