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When IP rights are bona vacantia it ain’t no vacation

In my last article I wrote about the importance of doing thorough due diligence on any business or asset acquisition. I recommended drawing up...

Do the due (diligence, that is)

It is a sad fact that the victims of Covid-19 are not just those who contracted the virus. The victims also include – as...

IP strategy and portfolio management during a crisis

The shock of COVID-19 to the business community has been sharp and severe. The lockdown in New Zealand has challenged all businesses, and the...
If you don’t know where you are going, then any road will do

If you don’t know where you are going, then any road...

The competitive and fast-changing business environment is posing new challenges for all businesses. An effective tool in combating these challenges is the development of...

Dispute resolution in NZ – the times they are a-changin’

Cheaper and faster court resolution for Intellectual Property (IP) disputes is on its way – maybe. On 16 December 2019, the Rules Committee – a...

An eye for detail pays off

One of the most exciting parts of my job is seeing New Zealand companies take their ideas and leverage them. Our firm has recently...

Time to steady the IP ship

There seems little doubt that the New Zealand economy is heading for stormy seas. Headlines like “Slip sliding away” (ANZ New Zealand Business Outlook, 30...

IP insurance – can you afford to be without it?

House, car and contents. Health, life and income. Liability, assets and interruption. These are all types of personal and business insurance commonly available in New...

To consent or not to consent?

That is the question: Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of consumer confusion, or to take arms against...

Taking your innovation to the world

The decision to export your product or service from New Zealand can be exciting and overwhelming. Exciting because it represents an opportunity to expand...

Names have power, so choose yours wisely

In his book The Lightening Thief, Rick Riordan wrote that “names have power.” Never was a truer word written. You only need look at...

Sky NZ – 2, Sellers of ‘Kodi’ boxes – 0

It’s been a good six months for Sky NZ. At least as far as its war on 'Kodi' boxes is concerned anyway. Kodi boxes are...
Imitation may be flattery, but it’s potentially illegal

Imitation may be flattery, but it’s potentially illegal

Imitation is a kind of “artless flattery”, wrote Eustace Budgell in The Spectator in October 1714. Some 300 years later, imitation is still a kind...