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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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New tax rules provide opportunity for R & D cash-back
New tax rules provide opportunity for R & D cash-back
18 May 2016 | By  Ben Morrison
There is now an opportunity for a New Zealand company with tax losses, which undertakes a form of research and development, to claim a cash credit back.
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Lowdown - Autumn 2016
Lowdown - Autumn 2016
18 May 2016 | By  Lowndes Jordan
Welcome to the 2016 Autumn edition of Lowdown..
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Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
11 May 2016 | By  Duncan Coats
The new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 became law on 4 April 2016. The Act along with the various regulations that underpin it, are extensive and lengthy.
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Employment law changes - what you need to know
Employment law changes - what you need to know
09 May 2016 | By  Duncan Coats
April 2016 saw the introduction of a number of key changes in employment law.
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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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Incorporated Societies Reform
Incorporated Societies Reform
15 February 2016 | By  Luke Balmforth
There are over 23,500 incorporated societies in New Zealand dedicated to various community pursuits. This diverse range of community organisations is currently governed by the Incorporated Societies Act 1908.
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Update on financial markets overhaul
Update on financial markets overhaul
02 February 2016 | By  Liz Buxton
The Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 is in the process of completely overhauling New Zealand’s financial markets laws. We are currently approaching the end of the transition period, in which our existing capital markets and financial services legislation, most notably the Securities Act 1978, is being phased out and replaced by the new Act.
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Reminder for retailers:  Misleading consumers about their rights can lead to hefty fines
Reminder for retailers: Misleading consumers about their rights can lead to hefty fines
19 January 2016 | By  Olivia Porter
Ten Australian Harvey Norman franchisees have been fined a total of $286,000 for making false or misleading representations regarding consumer guarantee rights.
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Lowdown Summer 2015
Lowdown Summer 2015
22 December 2015 | By  Lowndes Jordan
Welcome to the 2015 Summer edition of Lowdown
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Harmful Digital Communications Act - Update
Harmful Digital Communications Act - Update
21 December 2015 | By  Rick Shera
The Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015 was passed into law with the changes suggested by the Select Committee incorporated ...
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Case Law Update: The Law of Penalties
Case Law Update: The Law of Penalties
16 December 2015 | By  Cecil Hanafin
Clauses in contracts which try to add a specific penalty amount or calculation have always been problematic.
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