December 6, 2018

Venues (such as restaurants, cafes and bars) that play music must have a licence to do so.  Otherwise, they are infringing copyright in the music by playing the music without authorisation.

It is common for small venues to avoid paying for a licence and to risk being su...

March 5, 2018

When filing international trade mark applications from New Zealand or Australia it is possible to:

  1. file directly in each country of interest; or

  2. for certain countries that are party to what is called the Madrid Protocol, file one international application desig...

June 21, 2016

It can be a struggle to convince people to register trade marks.  (See our earlier blog post for some reasons to register trade marks:!Why-Register-a-Trade-Mark-Having-a-Company-Business-or-Domain-Name-is-Not-Enough/cso9/555a63890cf23d0...

April 13, 2016

This headline is slightly misleading in itself, because the Court was only making a preliminary decision prior to the substantive hearing set down for 31 October 2016.  In fact, my bet is that the substantive hearing will go the other way.  Find out why below.



November 5, 2015

IPONZ, IP Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand have recently released a paper - Business Briefing: Maximising the potential of Intellectual Property for your business


It is a great downloadable guide to the business aspects of intel...

October 7, 2015

I was interviewed last week for a documentary on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  The interview was all about the intellectual property chapter for the TPP and what effect it would have on NZ, assuming the agreement passed along the lines of what was expressed in...

July 8, 2015

Two recent cases in the USA and the UK have brought copyright into the limelight.  The issues considered in the cases are not particularly novel.  However, the notoriety of the brands involved (Nike and the Beatles) has generated a lot of publicity.  Looking past this...

May 19, 2015

From a trade mark registration perspective, it is important to choose a brand that is "distinctive".  This means choosing a brand that is not descriptive of your goods or services and that is otherwise distinctive in its own right.  For example, brands like "LEGAL SERV...

May 19, 2015

Many people operate on the misconception that, because they have registered a company name or a business name (or even a domain name), they have the unfettered right to use that name in trade.  This misconception is understandable.  Afterall, if the New Zealand Compani...

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