Pipers issues a bulletin on a monthly basis providing a summary of recent developments in intellectual property law and practice in Australasia and other key countries and regions such as USA, UK, Europe and Asia. Below are links to articles in the latest bulletin. Previous issues can be accessed via the left pane navigation.
Contents Summary of Latest Bulletin
Regulatory Systems Bill set to Tweak Some IP Legislation
The Regulatory Systems (Economic Development) Amendment (No 2) Bill 2019-2 has been reported back from the Economic Development, Science and Innovation Committee, and is set to make clarificational changes as well as reducing renewal grace periods in some IP Acts amongst others.
2. Trade Marks
Shape Mark Held to Lack Distinctiveness Despite Long Use
In 2019 NZIPOTM 17 Kellogg Company v Société des Produits Nestlé SA the Assistant Commissioner held that Kellog’s application for the shape of a whole piece of its NUTRI-GRAIN cereal shown from various perspectives must not be registered as it lacks distinctiveness.
Court of Appeal Finds No Copyright Infringement of Sealegs' Amphibious Boat Technology
In Zhang v Sealegs International Limited the Court of Appeal allowed the appeal and set aside the trial Judge’s finding of copyright infringement.
No Deal Brexit Implications for Copyright Further Elaborated
UKIPO recently updated its guidance on changes to copyright law in the event of no Brexit deal following the issuing of the Intellectual Property (Copyright and Related Rights) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, which will commence on exit day if no deal is reached.