Region: New Zealand

The existence of ‘zombie’ marks forces brand owner back to court

A brand owner has had to appeal its own successful non-use revocation action to kill off a ‘zombie’ trademark.

30 August 2022

Decision demonstrates risks if attorneys “go fetch” and lodge their own evidence in trademark proceedings

IP attorneys in New Zealand may find themselves having to prepare and lodge evidence in IP proceedings, which would more suitably be provided by their client directly. This decision in invalidity proceedings against the mark GO FETCH highlights this risk.

11 August 2022

Prosecco recognised in New Zealand; Better Call Saul trademark dispute; EUIPO new API platform – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the Delhi High Court restraining a manufacturer for infringing a trademark owned by Cadbury, and much more.

05 August 2022

EU-NZ trade deal adds GI protection; Clint Eastwood CBD lawsuit win; Crystal Palace to enter metaverse – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at French police busting a Bordeaux wine counterfeiting operation, Mickey Mouse reaching its copyright expiry, and much more.

05 July 2022

Opponent wins trademark opposition despite inadmissible evidence

Sailun Group Co Ltd successfully opposed the registration of the trademark SAILWIN, even though all of its evidence was deemed inadmissible. Luckily for Sailun, it had a prior trademark registration to rely upon.

24 June 2022

How a New Zealand dairy cooperative interweaved brand and technology to drive its value-creation strategy

This week, IAM published its latest list of Asia’s IP Elite. One of the companies featured is Fonterra, a New Zealand dairy co-operative that draws on a blend of IP rights to drive a commercial approach to IP.

02 June 2022

Spider-Man comic trademark battle; UKIPO denies New Zealand manuka honey GI; CIPO backlog appears to stabilise – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at WIPO launching a new global awards programme, Cincinnati Customs and Border Protection officers seizing fake jewellery and scarves, and much more.

17 December 2021

Yet another case emphasises the importance of lodging admissible evidence

Many New Zealand trademark actions are lost due to poor or inadmissible evidence, as demonstrated again in these recent invalidity proceedings.

07 October 2021

Copyright provides basis to challenge trademark ownership

A trademark applicant has learnt the hard way that it is still possible to lose in opposition proceedings even after the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand has thrown out all of the opponent’s evidence.

23 September 2021

Watch your evidence (again!) in trademark proceedings

This New Zealand case is a prime example of one in which a different outcome would almost certainly have been reached if the invalidity applicant had filed appropriate and admissible evidence.

24 August 2021

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