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Intellectual property rights protect intangible creations of the mind.


A patent provides protection for the ideas embodied in novel technologies, products and processes.

Trade marks

A trade mark may comprise any marking such as a word, phrase, symbol, picture or any combination of these.

Design registration

A design registration provides protection for aspects of the appearance of an article, such as its shape, configuration, pattern or ornamentation.


Copyright is a property right which automatically exists in certain categories of original works.


Intellectual property agreements, licensing, joint ventures, franchising, competitive intelligence, due diligence, and IP audits.

Litigation - disputes

Oppositions, alternative dispute resolution, infringement proceedings, anti-counterfeiting, domain name disputes, fair trading in New Zealand.

Intellectual property strategy

Intellectual property strategy should align with, or even guide business strategy.

Border protection

Trade mark and copyright rights can be used to stop the importation of counterfeit products.

Plant variety rights

Plant variety protection extends to virtually any kind of plant which fulfills the criteria of being new, distinct, homogeneous and stable.

IP myths

There are many misconceptions around intellectual property and the rights individuals have in their ideas and inventions.

Domain names

Having the right domain name is crucial in today’s commercial world – so too is enforcing your rights in domain name registrations.

Fair trading in New Zealand

The Fair Trading Act 1986, the tort of passing off, the Sale of Goods Act 1908 and the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993.


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