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Middle-earth Enterprises LLC - the owner of all trademark rights associated with JRR Tolkien’s novel The Lord of the Rings - successfully opposed the registration of LORD OF THE WINGS for Class 43 services.
16 February 2024
A crucial factor in this case before the New Zealand Domain Name Commission what that the parties had been operating for almost 30 years under their respective brands.
13 October 2023
Jessica Lai, associate professor at the Victoria University of Wellington, urges the legal profession to support academic efforts to better understand the challenges faced by women in IP.
05 October 2023
Interviews with women in Australia and New Zealand recounted an overwhelming number of negative experiences, although the participants in the study remain optimistic about the future.
07 September 2023
The case demonstrates some of the risks associated with applying to register a third-party brand in the country.
05 September 2023
This decision may be relevant for IP lawyers interested in the protection and recognition afforded to the rights of indigenous people in any country.
07 June 2023
While the opponent was partially successful in its opposition against WOW COLOUR, the evidence relating to hair care influencers was insufficient to establish a reputation for COLOR WOW among the relevant consumers.
03 May 2023
In New Zealand revocation proceedings, it is critical to take appropriate steps and lodge relevant evidence in the first instance.
26 April 2023
This decision of the assistant commissioner shows just how difficult it is to lodge evidence ‘out of time’.
27 March 2023
WTR’s monthly column tracking trademark and related policy developments, including the progress of major bills, from around the world.
05 January 2023
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