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James & Wells join team TIN to support the New Zealand tech sector

27 July 2018. Posted by Jonathan Lucas , Emily Agnew .

Intellectual property specialists James & Wells are excited to team up with Technology Investment Network (TIN) to support New Zealand’s burgeoning technology sector.

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IP Protection: Targeting Export Markets

17 July 2018. Posted by Jonathan Lucas .

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?

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James & Wells proud to announce new partnership to help business growth

25 June 2018. Posted by Carrick Robinson , Emily Agnew .

Specialist intellectual property firm James & Wells is proud to announce their partnership with New Zealand SME business growth centre, The Icehouse.

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New blood filter therapy for kidney patients wins innovation award

19 June 2018. Posted by Jonathan Lucas .

James & Wells wishes to congratulate Baxter Healthcare for winning the James & Wells Medical Technology Association of NZ (MTANZ) Innovation Award for 2018.

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Software: To Patent or not to patent?

8 June 2018. Posted by Craig Rothwell , Jason Rogers .

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

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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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