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Case Summary: Watkins v Prestige

18 May 2018. Posted by Gemma Smith , Richard Clement .

The High Court has recently released their decision in the latest registered design infringement case. 

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Seminar Series gives SMEs clues to securing investment

24 April 2018. Posted by Emily Agnew , Carrick Robinson .

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.

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China progresses e-commerce law changes

23 April 2018. Posted by Johnathan Chen (陈禹豪) .

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.

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Second-tier patent system proposed for New Zealand

11 April 2018. Posted by Jonathan Lucas , Craig Rothwell .

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.  

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Patentability of inventions implemented in software

9 April 2018. Posted by Craig Rothwell .

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.    

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James & Wells in the media: Jonathan Lucas in NBR commenting on the new patents bill introduced

9 April 2018. Posted by Jonathan Lucas .

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. 

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The Clean Labelling Conundrum

21 March 2018. Posted by Stephanie Hadley .

Food & Beverage businesses are facing their toughest critics yet in the age of corporate social responsibility and consumer activism. 

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The changing face of China business

21 February 2018. Posted by Johnathan Chen (陈禹豪) .

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?

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New Code backs trans-Tasman IP concerns

14 February 2018. Posted by Ceri Wells .

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.

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James & Wells in the media: Ceri Wells in NBR || New code to increase transparency in IP firms

13 February 2018. Posted by Ceri Wells .

James & Wells Founding Partner has been interviewed by the NBR on the introduction of the new code of conduct for Patent Attorneys. 

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