IP Update December 2013 Issue 22
This IP Update has more on the shrinking distance between Australia and NZ. The Muzz Buzz case shows how Australian brand reputation can spill across the Tasman. Our Guide to NZ’s new Patents Act highlights the increased harmonisation of patent laws. And, 40 years after Australia, NZ accedes to the Nice Agreement on trade mark classification.
The CUB case reminds us that the Registrar has discretion to refuse removal of non-used trade marks. To see when four stripes are deceptively similar to three, read our Adidas case study. Do you use Google Adwords? If so, check our briefing to learn if you’re engaging in prohibited conduct.
The Federal Court has reversed the Patent Office’s narrow interpretation of the patentability of computer-implemented inventions (RPL Central). It has also reversed a first-instance interlocutory injunction restraining sale of a patented medicine dispenser where there was a strong public safety interest in having the dispenser available (GlaxoSmithKline).
Our Insight reviews the new government’s commitment to innovation.
In this issue
- Google Adwords – navigating the way
- Are Australia and New Zealand one market, when enforcing intellectual property rights?
- Federal Court overturns injunction restraining GSK’s supply of Panadol product
- CUB defends unused trade marks – the registrar’s discretion
- Software patent in Australia upheld: court rejects patent office approach
- Pacific Brands infringement of Adidas’ “famous” three-stripe design trade marks
- Time is running out to register transitional security interests under the Personal Property Securities Register
- Quick Guide to New Zealand Patents Act 2013: What you need to know
- New Zealand accedes to Nice Agreement
- New rules following ratification of Patent Law Treaty in US