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Trade mark opposition – no flip flops for Havaianas

24 January 2011. Posted by Emily Agnew .

A great summer in New Zealand has seen Havaianas footwear in hot demand for protecting beachgoers feet. Unfortunately for the owner of the HAVAIANAS trade mark, it has not been so lucky in protecting its brand.

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Highlights of select committee report back on the Copyright Amendment Bill

24 January 2011. Posted by Emily Agnew .

The Commerce Select Committee has reported back with changes to the controversial Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. The Bill has implications for all New Zealanders - but particularly those involved in sharing/downloading music or movies without a copyright owner’s authorisation.

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James & Wells Intellectual Property first law firm to tackle Kiwi Computer Challenge

21 January 2011. Posted by Emily Agnew .

A few assumptions about computer literacy are being put to the test as James & Wells Intellectual Property becomes the first New Zealand law firm to take on the Kiwi Computer Challenge.

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You can obtain valuable information regarding your competitors?

21 January 2011. Posted by .

Those who are focussed on building a competitive business realise the importance of understanding who their competitors are, what they are doing and where they are doing it. Competitive intelligence is knowledge that can give you an edge in your markets.

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...You can add your logo to the companies office website?

20 January 2011. Posted by Ben Cain .

If your organisation is listed on the Companies Register, you can now add your company’s logo to your listing on the Companies Office website under the section titled ‘Additional Company Information’.

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Patenting new uses of known technologies

20 January 2011. Posted by .

As technologies progress, it is becoming more common for people and companies to look for solutions within the realms of available knowledge. Often a known technology from one field when used in a completely different area can deliver surprising results. With those surprising results often come new patents.

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Potential changes in gene patentability in the United States

20 January 2011. Posted by .

If your biotech company is developing genetic products or methods, then you need to know that the laws of gene patentability could change in the United States and potentially elsewhere.

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How IP protection can be valuable to a New Zealand business?

1 January 2011. Posted by .

We often get asked how intellectual property ownership can transcribe into hard cash in the bank.

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