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D’Arcy v Myriad Genetics Inc & Anor

D’Arcy v Myriad Genetics Inc & Anor: Australian High Court rules that isolated genetic material is not patentable subject matter.

In a reversal of the previous decision of the Federal Court of Australia, the High Court of Australia (highest Australian court) ruled on 7 October 2015 that isolated genetic material coding for a polypeptide (in the form of DNA or RNA) is not patentable subject matter (http://www.hcourt.gov.au/cases/case_s28-2015).

The judgment held that an isolated nucleic acid coding for the BRCA1 protein with specific variations indicative of breast and ovarian cancer (as claimed in claims 1-3 of Australian Patent No. 686004) does not fall […]

October 23rd, 2015|

CreateIP Newsletter – 16 December 2014

Thank you all for your tremendous support this year. As you will read below you’ve kept us very busy, and we’ve had lots of eventful and exciting developments at CreateIP. We’ll be closing for the holidays from 19 December 2014 and re-opening 5 January 2015. As usual, instead of sending out cards we’re donating money to a charity, in this year’s case to KidsCan – a charity that supports disadvantaged Kiwi kids. Have a very Merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you again in 2015!

Day Out at the Races

During the annual Cup and Show Week in […]

December 16th, 2014|

The World’s Toughest LP Regulations… Are In China

Reprinted from NZ Lawyer magazine

China is and will remain a critical export market for New Zealand; experts have suggested it could outpace Australia and become our largest trading partner in coming years.

The country has long been renowned as a land of rampant copying and disregard for intellectual property (IP) rights, but that’s rapidly changing as the Chinese make bold moves to strengthen requirements around IP law. While extensive pressure is being applied from other countries, fast growth among local exporters like ZTE and Huawei has likely helped too – they are #1 and #3 respectively on the latest list of top international […]

September 29th, 2014|

Edgy Brands And Controversial Trade Marks: Pushing The Boundaries

Envoy, the newsletter of The New Zealand lnstitute ofLegal Executives, published this article from CreateIP Trade Mark Specialist Amanda Smith in their Sept 2012 issue.

The world of intellectual property (lP) is a strange, yet wonderful one.

Without lP protection many businesses would not exist. lnventors would not make money from their inventions. Authors and publishers would not profit from their writing – JK Rowling would not be rolling in dough. ln branding, trade mark rights rule. Without your business and product names, who will know to pick you from the rest?

Download the full article

September 29th, 2014|

NZ Business Magazine – Update on CreateIP

CreateIP Follow-Up In NZ Business Magazine

NZ Business magazine approached us to do a follow-up piece to their initial profile in their December 2010 / January 2011 edition.  Of course we were delighted to update them on the journey that was the last 18 months.  Click to read the article.

September 29th, 2014|

PlainsFM radio – Your Canterbury Connection

PlainsFM Radio Programme “Your Canterbury Connection”

Robert featured on PlainsFM’s morning radio programme hosted by Gary McIlroy on Wednesday 19 May. Listen to the recording and hear him define what Intellectual Property (IP) is and why patents, trade marks, trade secrets and other IP tools and strategies are important for businesses.  Robert also touches on his background as an engineer, how CreateIP was formed, the personal impact of the Christchurch earthquakes and CreateIP’s relationship with the Chamber of Commerce.

September 29th, 2014|

IP Watchdog (USA): Trends in Protection on the Edge of the World: News From the Land of the Long White Cloud

Trends in Protection on the Edge of the World: News From the Land of the Long White Cloud

With a population of just 4.3 million and a remote geographic location, New Zealand (NZ) may often get overlooked when considering a patent or trademark filing strategy.  But did you know that New Zealand is one of the easiest countries in which to do business, and the easiest place in the world to start a business, according to The World Bank (Doing Business report)?  New Zealand was the first to launch an online company registration system back in 1996 and it’s been mandatory […]

September 29th, 2014|

CreateIP Featured In NZ Business Magazine

Our team are very excited this month as we’ve been profiled in the December 2010 / January 2011 edition of NZ Business magazine.  We’ve already received some lovely comments from friends and colleagues about our new photographs, one of which was featured with the article in the magazine! To read the article you can open up this link to view the pages here, or scroll down this page.

September 29th, 2014|

Cost Savings Available From Prepaying Patent Renewal Fees

As you may know from our previous updates, the NZ Patents Act 2013 commences on 13 September 2014.  An important aspect of the change is a new patentrenewal fee structure.

At present, it is only necessary to renew New Zealand patents at the 4th, 7th, 10th and 13th anniversaries. From 13 September, patents will have renewal fees due annually starting in Year 4.

But patent holders could take advantage of a cost saving opportunity by pre-paying future renewal fees before the Act comes into force.

The table below illustrates a cost comparison for one patent between the renewal fees under the current Act versus the new Act (including […]

September 29th, 2014|

Changes To IP Law In China: Prosecution, Opposition And Invalidation

China’s new trade mark laws came into effect on 1 May 2014.

The main change is that prosecution timelines have been considerably shortened to “speed up” the process, which should be good news for New Zealand business seeking to protect their trade marks in China, where traditionally it’s taken up to two years to get a trade mark registration.   Other changes should result in reduced official fees and cost savings for clients.

However, while speeding up the registration process is undoubtedly beneficial, the real impact for NZ businesses/their IP advisors is that we need to really be on our toes in responding to […]

September 29th, 2014|