AJ Park patent specialists Anton Blijlevens and Jillian Lim touch on some of the interesting patents to look out for on the shelves.
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New Zealand Fashion Week wrapped up over the weekend. But fashion designers and stores need to be aware of a recent UK decision where Rihanna successfully sued fashion retailer Topshop for selling t-shirts featuring a photo of her without her permission, says Damian Broadley and Lynell Tuffery Huria.
In the first instalment of a new series, AJ Park patent specialists Anton Blijlevens and Mike Biagio catalogue some of the world's most notable recent—and protected—inventions.
In April this year, international media reported on the United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) decision to refuse registration for Apple's iPad Mini trademark on the grounds it's simply descriptive. But within days of the story breaking, the USPTO was backtracking on its decision.
A recent decision in the UK found that Marks & Spencer misled consumers by using a competitor's name—‘interflora’—as a keyword trigger for advertisements on Google. AJ Park's Nigel Robb looks at what it might mean for Kiwi marketers.
The man who discovered the Keep Calm and Carry On poster at the bottom of a box of books and then sent it hurtling into pop-cultural orbit is currently fighting to retain the right to use the phrase. AJ Park's Kim McLeod and Catherine Fry tell us what this legal stoush teaches us about trademark protection.
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Social media platforms like Twitter are a great way of getting your content out to a large audience. But just because content is available on a publicly accessible network does not mean that it can be used for commercial purposes, says Matt Adams.
Hoax chain letters on Facebook, copyright confusion, career limiting evidence posted for all to see ... When it comes to the internet, we need to engage our brains or suffer the consequences, says Simon Fogarty.
The digital realm offers plenty of opportunities to monetise content. But, as AJ Park's Matt Adams says, there are a few issues artists need to consider before signing up for services like Kim Dotcom's new online venture.
We regularly see reports in the media about brands using Maori language or images in a way that’s offensive to Maori. There was the ka mate haka on the tea towels, the ta moko designs on the faces of models posing for a French magazine, the sale of the MAORI personalised plate on TradeMe, to name but a few.
... as Countdown's marketing doyenne departs for the Aussie mothership, MediaWorks looks inside to fill the sales manager role in its integration department, DNA's Aaron Carson changes tack, Miranda Gregg says goodbye to AJ Park, bcg2 welcomes a New York import, ecostore’s not-for-profit arm Fairground Foundation appoints its first employee, Tourism Australia finds a New Zealand marketing manager, Lily & Louis joins Kim Kardashian after winning the local Skechers business, and online/social media agency VeNa appoints a New Zealand country manager.
There's been plenty of discussion about the Major Events Management Act (MEMA) and the steps being taken by organisers to limit so-called ambush marketing during the upcoming 'Big Rugby Event'. Some say the rules are too draconian and kowtow to the corporates, while others believe they're fair enough because they aim to protect the sizable investment of the Rugby World Cup's official sponsors. Urgent Courier's Mobile AdVert has already come under fire from OMANZ for a possible breach. And we've found a campaign on AA's Bookabach.co.nz that looks like it's in a very similar boat.
After a fair bit bureaucratic faffing, the clean zones for the Rugby World Cup 2011 have been announced, so agencies and advertisers now know where they can and can’t put their marketing during the tournament. And in some cases, the restrictions are quite extensive.
... as Air New Zealand brings one of our boys back into the fold; Acumen Republic appoints a new head honcho; TVNZ says goodbye to Good Morning—and up to 12 fulltime staff; Thick as Thieves enlists a new award-winning director; Air Asia hits the runway running and announces a national marketing manager; another All Black endorses something; AJ Park gets a taste for internal promotions; and two films made by the Media Design School strike Hawaii gold.
A senior Wellington intellectual property consultant is warning Kiwis and small businesses hoping to take advantage of the commercial opportunities afforded by the Rugby World Cup that, when it comes to protecting the interests of the tournament's commercial partners, the authorities are likely to be just as vigilant as their FIFA companions were at the Football World Cup in South Africa. But not everyone thinks New Zealand's business opportunists will have their hands completely tied by the supposedly draconian rugby overlords.