The "Tail" of two crocodiles
The "Tail" of two crocodiles
09 June 2016 | By  Richard Rodden
Lacoste recently successfully defended its rights in the Court of Appeal to its trade mark which depicts both a crocodile and the word ‘crocodile’ (mark 70068) despite it never actually having used the mark. Read More →
The "Tail" of two crocodiles
The "Tail" of two crocodiles
09 June 2016 | By  Richard Rodden
Lacoste recently successfully defended its rights in the Court of Appeal to its trade mark which depicts both a crocodile and the word ‘crocodile’ (mark 70068) despite it never actually having used the mark.
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Trade mark owners – make sure your trade mark does not become “generic”!
Trade mark owners – make sure your trade mark does not become “generic”!
04 April 2016 | By  Olivia Porter
In a recent Court of Appeal decision (Tasman Insulation New Zealand Limited v Knauf Insulation Limited [2015] NZCA 602), the Court considered whether the word “batts” had become generic
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Updated: Was a Silver Fern Flag Rejected for IP Reasons?
Updated: Was a Silver Fern Flag Rejected for IP Reasons?
16 November 2015 | By  Rick Shera
As noted previously, intellectual property issues seem to have dogged the #nzflag selection process. However, one potentially popular option is repeatedly referenced as having been discounted because of an IP issue and that of course is the silver/white fern on plain black, another of Kyle Lockwood's submissions ...
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UPDATED: #Redpeak Intellectual Property Issue?
UPDATED: #Redpeak Intellectual Property Issue?
15 September 2015 | By  Rick Shera
The intellectual property issues around the #nzflag process are very interesting. IP was one of the things that had to be taken into consideration by the flag consideration panel ...
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Action Required: Huge change for New Zealand domain name space
Action Required: Huge change for New Zealand domain name space
23 September 2014 | By  Rick Shera
From 1pm, 30 September 2014, you will be able register directly in the top level .nz domain space. So, you'll be able to get [anyname].nz rather than [anyname].co.nz or [anyname].org.nz, for example. This is a huge change - the biggest since .nz began around 25 years ago.
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New Trademark Clearinghouse for domain names
New Trademark Clearinghouse for domain names
01 July 2013 | By  Rick Shera  | 
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has recently opened its Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) to help trade mark owners protect their brands in anticipation of the impending launch of hundreds of new gTLDs (generic top-level domains).
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US wants to take an axe to New Zealand IP law (updated)
US wants to take an axe to New Zealand IP law (updated)
16 March 2011 | By  Rick Shera
It's one way of negotiating the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) I guess. Leak a document containing multiple extreme positions and then gracefully back down in the face of inevitable objection ...
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A Kiwi Questions the Australian Yellow Pages decision
A Kiwi Questions the Australian Yellow Pages decision
22 December 2010 | By  Rick Shera
I've just got around to reading the Federal Court of Australia's decision in Telstra Corporation Limited v Phone Directories Company Pty Limited [2010] FCAFC 149 ...
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Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Bust-up
Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Bust-up
06 December 2010 | By  Rick Shera
There are so many leaks of "official" information these days It's hard to keep up, but I've just read what is apparently a paper submitted by New Zealand negotiators on the intellectual property aspects of the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement ...
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TPP: Son of ACTA secrecy
TPP: Son of ACTA secrecy
26 November 2010 | By  Rick Shera
It is disappointing to see a return to original ACTA-like secrecy in the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations in terms of the text
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ACTA: Latest leak decimates ISP provisions
ACTA: Latest leak decimates ISP provisions
06 September 2010 | By  Rick Shera
What appears to be the official latest iteration of the Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has been leaked ...
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ACTA rolls into Washington DC
ACTA rolls into Washington DC
16 August 2010 | By  Rick Shera
In a drive to have the ACTA (Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) done and dusted by the end of this year, the tempo of meetings has been increased with another one starting today in Washington DC, USA, only a little over a month since the last round in Lucerne, Switzerland ...
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