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Ruling against Honey trademark sets dangerous precedent

Thursday, 31 March 2016, 11:51 am | Zone IP

A recent High Court ruling barring New Zealand Honey International from using their brand names Manuka Doctor and Manuka Pharm on their honey product has serious implications for potentially thousands of New Zealand businesses and product names. More >>

New flag designs may pose problems

Tuesday, 6 October 2015, 10:10 am | Zone IP

New Zealand’s proposed new flag designs – especially the single black and white silver fern – could spell problems for companies with existing, but similar designs, that are registered trade marks. More >>

New Zealand law losing online trade mark wars?

Tuesday, 31 March 2015, 2:29 pm | Zone IP

The diminishing ability of traditional legal channels to protect businesses from brand jacking and dilution of trade marks online in New Zealand, means business leaders might need to start relying less on the law and more on smarter commercial decisions ... More >>

Social media power trumping trademark rights

Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 12:19 pm | Zone IP

Recent international events where trademark law has come off second best against social media should serve as a caution to New Zealand companies to tread carefully when enforcing their rights. Intellectual property expert and lawyer, Theodore Doucas ... More >>

Court decision on Australian company rights should concern

Tuesday, 1 October 2013, 2:29 pm | Zone IP

A recent High Court judgement about the intellectual property rights of Australian companies in New Zealand should be a real cause for concern to New Zealand companies. More >>

Loss highlights ‘use it or lose it’ rule for trademarks

Monday, 1 July 2013, 12:59 pm | Zone IP

The recent release of iconic Georgie Pie pies by McDonalds, and a trade mark defeat for Unilever in the New Zealand High Court, both highlight the need for businesses to ‘use it or lose it’ when it comes to trade mark protection. More >>

Open season on trademarks after Google withdraws protection

Tuesday, 7 May 2013, 10:47 am | Zone IP

The Internet has become a riskier place for New Zealand companies trying to protect their brand after Google announced it will no longer monitor or restrict the sale of AdWords in response to trade mark complaints. More >>

Companies warned of competitors using their name for Adword

Tuesday, 26 February 2013, 4:50 pm | Zone IP

A New Zealand trade mark law firm is warning businesses to beware after an increase in complaints from companies whose competitor's are using their name or brand names in Google's AdWords campaigns. More >>

Companies Office registration does not protect company names

Thursday, 29 November 2012, 11:36 am | Zone IP

The most common mistake Kiwi business owners make is thinking that their brand name is protected because the New Zealand Companies Office (Companies Office) allowed them to register the company. More >>

Internet increases danger of brands becoming genericised

Friday, 19 October 2012, 2:25 pm | Zone IP

PRESS RELEASE Zone IP (The Zone Corporation) 19 October 2012 Internet and social media increase danger of brands becoming genericised Impending court action between Pink® Batts® supplier Tasman Insulation and German-owned Knauf Insulation over ... More >>

NZ companies increasingly targeted by trademark scammers

Tuesday, 4 September 2012, 9:51 am | Zone IP

New Zealand businesses are urged to be on the lookout for overseas scammers who appear to be targeting local businesses regarding unsolicited trademark and domain name services with increasing frequency. More >>

Kiwi companies trading online risk running foul of law

Monday, 23 July 2012, 1:57 pm | Zone IP

PRESS RELEASE Zone IP (The Zone Corporation) 23 July 2012 Kiwi companies trading online with overseas customers risk running foul of foreign trademark laws New Zealand companies that accept online orders from overseas countries, even rarely, are effectively ... More >>

New Zealand Trademark Loophole, Local Companies Vulnerable

Wednesday, 2 May 2012, 3:41 pm | Zone IP

Zone IP (The Zone Corporation) 1 May 2012 New Zealand Trademark Loophole Leaves Local Companies Vulnerable A loophole in New Zealand trademark law could leave some companies exposed, because current legislation does not allow the Intellectual Property ... More >>

ANZACs we may be, but expect no favours from the Aussies

Monday, 12 March 2012, 4:11 pm | Zone IP

PRESS RELEASE Zone IP (The Zone Corporation) 12 March 2012 ANZACs we may be, but expect no favours from the Aussies More >>

So-called immoral trademarks getting easier to achieve

Thursday, 26 January 2012, 2:07 pm | Zone IP

PRESS RELEASE Zone IP (The Zone Corporation) 26 January 2012 So-called immoral trademarks getting easier to achieve in NZ, but still high risk An Australian snack maker marketing its Nucking Futs product to pubs and nightclubs across the Tasman, is unlikely to ... More >>

Warning on ownership rights to logos

Wednesday, 23 November 2011, 4:14 pm | Zone IP

A common problem that could come back to bite many New Zealand companies is the assumption that they have a right to trademark their brand once they have paid the artist for the design. More >>

Small WGTN company wins first round in trademark battle

Thursday, 8 September 2011, 5:42 pm | Zone IP

A small Wellington company today won the first round in a legal battle with American Express when the High Court granted an interim injunction against the credit card giant. Zone IP, an intellectual property consultancy based in Wellington, has taken ... More >>

IPONZ decision bad for New Zealand

Monday, 18 July 2011, 2:45 pm | Zone IP

New Zealand urgently needs an Australian type mechanism for the Commissioner of Trade Marks to initiate court action when patently unjust and misguided decisions are made by the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand -- as in its recent decision to ... More >>

The best way to protect Kiwi taonga is not to protect them

Wednesday, 29 June 2011, 11:16 am | Zone IP

The best way for New Zealanders to protect our stuff, our taonga – things that help define our identity – may be to leave them alone in the public domain. More >>

Kiwis finding little trademark protection on media sites

Wednesday, 25 May 2011, 12:38 pm | Zone IP

When it comes to trademark protection on social media sites like Facebook, many New Zealand companies are finding there are only the quick, and the dead. More >>