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In person: Peter Brown, Patent Attorney pending

12 September 2008. Posted by .

After almost a decade at university training to be a scientist, I decided about a year ago to change careers to become a patent attorney. You might wonder why I left behind my lab bench and trusty pipette and made a leap into intellectual property (IP) law.

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Software protection in NZ: Important whichever team you play for

11 September 2008. Posted by .

In a recent decision Jacobson v Katzer (2008-1001), the US Appeals court ruled that someone who used “open-source” software outside the conditions of the open source license can be sued for copyright infringement. 

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Who owns an invention developed by an employee?

10 September 2008. Posted by Emily Agnew .

University of Western Australia v Gray: The Implications for New Zealand Research Organisations. The recent decision of the Federal Court of Australia in University of Western Australia v Gray (No 20) [2008] FCA 498 highlights the need for research organisations to clarify who will own inventions developed by employees. 

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The ab seize of online counterfeits

1 September 2008. Posted by .

 Catching the distributor of counterfeit goods is a constant headache for the fashion industry. And, the ability for a them to now reach an international audience online has only widened the problem.

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Patent infringement: when is a warning a threat?

4 August 2008. Posted by Ian Finch .

Parties alleging infringement of their patent rights need to be careful to avoid the operation of section 74 of the New Zealand Patents Act 1953.

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SEEANZ Conference 2009

31 July 2008. Posted by .

On 2nd September 2009, Massey University is hosting the 22nd Annual Conference of SEAANZ (the Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand).

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Groundless threats of infringment

14 May 2008. Posted by Ian Finch .

Parties alleging infringement of their patent rights need to be careful to avoid the operation of section 74 of the New Zealand Patents Act 1953.

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Future proofing with patent protection

1 March 2008. Posted by .

So you’ve had a brilliant idea for a product but are unsure of what to do next. How do you get maximum benefit from your hard work, and how do you go about protecting your idea in the marketplace?

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Protecting it with IP

22 February 2008. Posted by Ian Finch .

Intellectual property is a term that refers to the ownership of an intangible thing — be it the innovative technology behind a new product or service, the brand name affixed to it, the goodwill the company making or providing enjoys, or the manner in which the product or service and associated material are presented. 

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Licensing intellectual property: obtaining maximum value for your rights

22 February 2008. Posted by Emily Agnew .

Often companies will have developed a substantial intellectual property portfolio, perhaps on an ad hoc basis. Having established a portfolio, each item of intellectual property should be analysed to determine how it can be best used to contribute to the company’s bottom line.

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