Region: New Zealand

Legislation and IP policy watch: the current state of play (January 2023)

WTR’s monthly column tracking trademark and related policy developments, including the progress of major bills, from around the world.

05 January 2023

Energy Beverages v Frucor Suntory: certainty for colour trademarks in New Zealand?

In this dispute between competitors Energy Beverages and Frucor Suntory over the use of the colour green for energy drinks, the Court of Appeal has allowed Frucor’s trademark registration to remain on the register.

14 December 2022

Asia-Pacific IP offices: a year in review and what to expect in 2023

WTR presents insights from representatives at major IP offices across the Asia-Pacific region to share their highlights from 2022 and what trademark practitioners should look out for in the coming months.

08 December 2022

Can anyone ‘own’ BARISTA for milk?

Bidfood Limited has successfully opposed Oatly AB’s application to register BARISTA in relation to milk substitutes, including oat-based drinks.

28 October 2022

IPONZ decision provides excellent guidance on online trademark use

The decision provides a comprehensive guide in relation to online sales and revocation actions in New Zealand.

06 October 2022

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

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