News & Announcements


19th July, 2017

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), an internationally organised, non-profit corporation that has responsibility for Internet Protocol (IP) address space allocation, generic (gTLD) and country code (ccTLD) Top-Level Domain name system management, and root server system management functions, held its Policy forum, ICANN59, in Johannesburg, South Africa

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New Trade Mark Rules in India

18th July, 2017

Recent developments in the Indian IP regime in relation to trademarks were brought in by enactment of the Trade Marks Rules, 2017. The New Rules along with the Trade Marks Act, 1999 promotes a comprehensive e-filing system. Incentives have been provided for digital and electronic communication. Importantly, it brings the “well-known

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IPONZ joins the Global Patent Prosecution Highway

06th July, 2017

On 6 July 2017, IPONZ joined the Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) pilot programme. The GPPH is an arrangement between intellectual property (IP) offices that allows patent applicants to request accelerated examination. At the moment the Patent Offices of the following countries and regions are part of it: IP Australia (IP Australia),

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05th July, 2017

The so-called “promise doctrine” is rejected.  In a landmark decision, the Court indicated that a patent providing at least one credible use related to the subject-matter of the invention was sufficient to establish utility.  Credible utility is established by either demonstration or sound prediction as of

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TM5 Meeting 2017

04th July, 2017

On 22 May 2017, the European Union Intellectual Property Office, the Japan Patent Office, the Korean Intellectual Property Office, the State Administration for Industry & Commerce of the People’s Republic of China, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office met in Barcelona, Spain for the TM5 Mid Term meeting.

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In Memorium: Bill Howie

29th June, 2017

It is with regret that the NZ Section announced the death of Bill Howie last December.  He was a former ExCo delegate and a special member of the NZ profession.   He was well regarded internationally and a past president of APAA. In addition he owned a Tavern in

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