Publications

We produce a range of articles, legal publications and resources on a wide range of legal subjects and hot topics critical to our clients needs. These include briefings on key legal issues, newsletters on practice areas and industry developments via the below headings.
Design registrations are ‘lesser known’ intellectual property (IP) rights compared to some of the others, but they are incredibly valuable and can be worthwhile obtaining if you meet the requirements under the New Zealand Designs Act 1953 ('the Act '). This article explores the More »
As with other areas of law, the impacts of the fight against COVID-19 have impacted the rights of brand owners. Intellectual property offices and courts around the world have adapted their procedures to account for the restrictions enforced by the pandemic. Here are 5 ways in which New Zealand and More »
The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice has handed down his decision on whether the shape of Nestlé’s KIT KAT four finger bar shape qualifies for trade mark registration in the United Kingdom. The AG’s view was that the shape did not qualify for registration (see here for More »
New .nz domain addresses available – 30 September 2014 In case you haven’t heard, as of 30 September the New Zealand Domain Name Commission will be offering .nz domains for registration. These new .nz domains will exist alongside the existing .co.nz/.org.nz/.net.nz type second level More »
The Assistant Commissioner of Trade Marks has issued a decision confirming that the fact New Zealanders look at, ‘like’ or even follow your branded Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn accounts is not enough to establish ‘ownership’ of a trade mark in New Zealand. Instead, the More »
The High Court has issued a judgment which may influence how you use Google Adwords in New Zealand. The judgment relates to a dispute between Intercity and NakedBus regarding NakedBus’s use of the trade mark INTERCITY (and variants) as Google Adword keywords, within the advertisements More »
The recent decision of the New Zealand High Court in G-Star Raw C.V. v Jeanswest Corporation (New Zealand) Ltd is a reminder that copyright laws in Australia and New Zealand differ on some points. In this case, G-Star successfully sued Jeanswest for infringement of copyright in design drawings for More »