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More twists and turns for Australia’s listed IP firms

5 March 2019. Posted by Ceri Wells .

The IP profession is awash with intrigue and uncertainty again as corporate owners of most of the largest IP firms in Australasia focus on mergers, trying to block mergers or buying shares in their competitors.

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Listing in Oz not quite the yellow brick road for IP firms

12 February 2019. Posted by Ceri Wells .

Two of the three Australian listed IP firm groups, Xenith and Qantm, recently announced their intention to merge. At the same time IPH (the third listed IP firm group) advised it had made a series of offers to take over Qantm, which were rejected by Qantm. Such activity suggests that the model of IP firms agglomerating and listing on the ASX is not without its problems and it signals yet more turmoil in the Australasian IP market.

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Important dates

20 December 2018. Posted by Ceri Wells .

Christmas closure dates for our office and The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand. 

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Asia business team gears up for China IP boom

21 November 2018. Posted by Ceri Wells .

Doing business with China is never far from the headlines in New Zealand.

Already our biggest trade partner, China makes the news for a wide range of reasons – immigration, student numbers at our tertiary institutions, effects on the housing market, milk powder sales, investment in New Zealand and new businesses being established here.

There’s a rich and growing record of activity in New Zealand involving the world’s most populous nation.

Intellectual Property (IP) advisers James & Wells have had a front seat to that compelling growth in the last few years.  Founding Partner Ceri Wells says the firm’s specialist Asia Business team, set up five years ago with one employee, now employs eight – six fulltime consultants and two support staff.

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What businesses need to know about IP: Part 6

30 October 2018. Posted by Ceri Wells , Carrick Robinson .

Mistakes to avoid making with your IP: things you need to know from the get go

Part 6 in a 6 part series

As with anything that you want to do well, getting to grips with the ins and outs of intellectual property (IP) and the ways in which it can be leveraged in your business requires a combination of curiosity, constant learning and the right advice and expertise at the right time.

For some entrepreneurs and business owners, rookie mistakes can lead to lessons being learned the hard or expensive way.  The good news is that there are ways to avoid some of the more common pitfalls.

Here’s our top 10 list of things you need to know from the get go.

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What businesses need to know about IP: Part 5

30 October 2018. Posted by Ceri Wells , Carrick Robinson .

Investment and IP: what might investors want to know and how to be pitch-ready

Part 5 in a 6 part series

So far in this series we’ve talked about the role intellectual property (IP) plays in business, reasons to protect it, and the different forms of protection that exist. 

If your business has grown to the point of needing a serious injection of funds to sustain or accelerate momentum, chances are you will be thinking about investment.

So let’s turn our attention to investment and IP.  What might investors want to know, and how can you be pitch-ready for IP-related questions?

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What businesses need to know about IP: Part 4

30 October 2018. Posted by Ceri Wells , Carrick Robinson .

The different forms of IP protection: which ones are right for your business?

Part 4 in a 6 part series

In previous articles, we’ve dealt with the bigger picture of understanding intellectual property (IP) and your business, what role it plays in value creation, how to approach IP strategy, and things to consider when deciding whether to protect your IP or not.

It’s now time to delve into a bit of the detail around the different forms of IP protection, and which ones are right for your business.

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What businesses need to know about IP: Part 3

30 October 2018. Posted by Ceri Wells , Carrick Robinson .

The big question: to protect your IP or not?

Part 3 in a 6 part series.

In the second article of this series, we provided tips on how to get the intellectual property (IP) strategy for your business right from the outset.  We emphasised that early identification and capture of your IP is vital if you want to maximise its commercial potential and avoid making mistakes that cost you dearly down the track.

In this article, we deal with the question that is perhaps most often asked when it comes to IP - whether or not to protect it. The short answer is it depends on several factors including the type of business or organisation, its objectives, strategy and budget - and this is just the beginning of the conversation!

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What businesses need to know about IP: Part 2

30 October 2018. Posted by Ceri Wells , Carrick Robinson .

IP strategy and your business: tips for getting this right from the outset

Part 2 in a 6 part series.

In the first article of this series we talked about the value that intangible assets represent to a business. On average, over 80% of a company’s value can be attributed to these assets which include formal intellectual property (IP) rights such as patents and trade marks as well as things like brand, reputation, processes, confidential information, customer relationships and know-how.

The reason for this is that a business’ intellectual assets often represent the primary source of fuel for generating long-term value.  It follows therefore, that there are considerable benefits to understanding what role intellectual property plays in your business strategy and how you can leverage it to achieve your objectives and desired outcomes.  In simple terms, this calls for the development of an IP strategy (a topic we deal with in more detail in this article).

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