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April 2015

FYI: Intellectual Property – Spirit in the law: Geographical indications legislation update

15 Apr 2015

The New Zealand Government recently announced that bringing into force the Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Act 2006 is on the horizon...

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FYI: Competition Law – Update

15 Apr 2015

In this FYI we report on a recent Supplementary Order Paper (SOP) introduced to amend the Cartel Bill – this suggests the enactment of the Cartel Bill isn’t far off...

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FYI: Compliance Law – New Zealand to address growing threat of bribery and corruption

13 Apr 2015

The Organised Crime and Anti-corruption Legislation Bill is set to implement changes to New Zealand’s legislation on bribery and corruption. It is timely considering that a recent survey has highlighted the growing threat in New Zealand...

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FYI: Banking & Finance – Introduction to the Responsible Lending Code: what you need to know

31 Mar 2015

After concerns raised by industry groups on earlier drafts, the Responsible Lending Code (Code) was released by Hon Paul Goldsmith, Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs on 17 March 2015 to a generally positive reception...

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FYI: Intellectual Property – Denim Wars 2.0

25 Mar 2015

You may recall G-Star Raw’s 2013 High Court claim against Jeanswest Corporation (New Zealand) Ltd in which G-Star was awarded a very meagre $325 in damages for copyright infringement of the "5620 Elwood" jean design...

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FYI: Corporate Advisory – Unfair contract terms: why your standard form consumer contracts should be reviewed now!

17 Mar 2015

In September of last year we reported on the amendments to the Fair Trading Act 1986 with regard to the introduction of a prohibition on ‘unfair contract terms’ in standard form consumer contracts...

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FYI: Intellectual Property Law – Supreme Court refuses leave to appeal trade mark “awareness” case

13 Mar 2015

Only a few trade mark cases make it to the Supreme Court. New Zealand’s highest Court has confirmed that the "Sex Wax" case will not be one of them.…

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FYI: Intellectual Property Law

Only a few trade mark cases make it to the Supreme Court. New Zealand’s highest Court has confirmed that the "Sex Wax" case will not be one of them. Although it denied the trade mark applicant leave to appeal the Court of Appeal’s decision, the Supreme Court has helpfully affirmed the Court of Appeal’s clarification of the test for "awareness" of a trade mark...

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FYI: Tax – Long-awaited R&D initiatives included in latest tax bill

09 Mar 2015

In May 2014, we discussed the Government’s budget announcement that it would proceed with two R&D related tax measures. Nine months later, a bill proposing to implement these measures has been introduced...

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