Trade marks are a great way to product the intellectual property in your business. Once registered, a trade mark gives you the exclusive right to use that mark throughout New Zealand. That gives you confidence to invest in your brand for the long term. What is a trade mark? When people think of trade marks,… Read More.

People can get understandably touchy about their good name. This extends to the business world, where reputation can be everything. So when Danish-Norwegian Eurodance group Aqua struck it big in 1997 with their chart-topping hit Barbie Girl, Mattel – maker of the Barbie fashion doll – were pretty upset about it. The doll maker argued… Read More.

[Autumn 2013] We published an article on the Copyright Act 1994 Three Strikes Law on illegal downloading in 2011. It is interesting to see what has happened since. Over 2,700 infringement notices have been sent out at the request of RIANZ (Recording Industry Association). However, surprisingly only eleven people who have received final ‘three strike’… Read More.

[Winter 2013] We wrote an article on the Copyright Act 1994 on illegal downloading in 2011 – known as the Three Strikes Law. At the request of RIANZ (Recording Industry Association), several thousand infringement notices have been sent out but only a few have made it before the Copyright Tribunal. Those cases now give an indication… Read More.

[Autumn 2013] On 10 December 2012, new regulations came into force giving effect to the Madrid Protocol in New Zealand. This means it is now easier for New Zealand trade mark owners to apply for protection of their trade marks in multiple countries and overseas trade mark owners to apply for protection of their trade… Read More.

[Winter 2011] We live and work in an internet-based society. This is particularly true of the entertainment industry. There has been pressure for many years for governments to limit the downloading of music and movies but it is not only entertainment protection that is covered by the new Copyright (Infringing Files Sharing) Amendment Act (‘the… Read More.