Region: New Zealand

United States tumbles down Brand Finance Soft Power Index due to covid-19 response

In a star-studded launch event, Brand Finance held a virtual conference with speakers including Hilary Rodham Clinton, Carl Bildt and David Miliband.

26 February 2021

New Zealand far-right group’s use of certification mark demonstrates importance of politically minded enforcement

WTR spoke to brand experts on what recourse Buy New Zealand Made has available, as well as when entering the political fray is necessary to protect a mark’s reputation.

25 February 2021

NOTHING BUT strong evidence of confusion will suffice in a New Zealand spill-over reputation case

This decision of the assistant commissioner demonstrates both the strengths and pitfalls of New Zealand’s unique ‘reverse onus’ opposition ground.

23 February 2021

ACTAZIN v ACTIPHEN: a tale of two cities or in the ear of the beholder

The Court of Appeal of New Zealand has confirmed that concurrent use of the marks ACTAZIN and ACTIPHEN was likely to cause confusion. In contrast, the Australian Trademarks Office had found that the marks were not deceptively similar.

01 September 2020

A connected world: learnings from the first internationally linked trademark database

In an exclusive guest post, academics in Australia share findings from their new study into the first database that links equivalent trademarks across national offices into a single comprehensive offering.

16 July 2020

Call for New Zealand intellectual property framework to incorporate Māori rights

Lynell Tuffery Huria discusses the need for Māori traditions and cultural expressions to be protected by New Zealand’s intellectual property laws.

15 July 2020

Green with envy? Energy Beverages fails to revoke Frucor’s mark for colour green

Under threat of trademark infringement proceedings, Energy Beverages LLC has unsuccessfully challenged Frucor Suntory’s trademark registration for the colour green in New Zealand.

06 July 2020

Bordeaux wine win in China; USPTO seeks TPAC nominations; Iskcon declared well known – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the Qatar versus Saudi Arabia piracy battle escalating, former employees of Hermès appearing in court for counterfeiting, a legal blow for Stan Lee’s daughter, and much more.

30 June 2020

How trademark service providers are helping customers through the coronavirus pandemic has offered free access for the next three months. WTR spoke to them and reached out to other service providers on their circumstantial offerings.

06 April 2020

Tempting Brands retains the PIERRE DE COUBERTIN trademark in New Zealand

The High Court of New Zealand has put an end to the dispute between the International Olympic Committee and Tempting Brands over the trademark PIERRE DE COUBERTIN.

22 November 2019

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