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Contracting Across The Tasman

When businesses decide to venture across the Tasman to set up a new Australian or New Zealand based office, it is sometimes in the belief that the easiest and best option is to start by engaging contractors. Employers can be...more

Guide To Doing Business in New Zealand: Employment Laws

EMPLOYMENT LAWS - TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT - Terms and conditions of work performed by employees in New Zealand are governed by: • Legislation governing employment terms and working conditions,...more

Guide To Doing Business In New Zealand: Exchange Control

EXCHANGE CONTROL - Currency movements in and out of New Zealand are subject to certain controls. The Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 imposes restrictions on transfer of money to...more

Guide To Doing Business In New Zealand: Entry Into New Zealand

ENTRY TO NEW ZEALAND - A visa or permit is not required to visit New Zealand if the visitor is an Australian citizen, British citizen, or a citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand...more

Guide To Doing Business in New Zealand: Trade Practices & Consumer Protection

TRADE PRACTICES AND CONSUMER PROTECTION - New Zealand has extensive laws dealing with trade practices and consumer protection matters. TRADE PRACTICES - Competitive business activity in New Zealand is...more

Guide To Doing Business in New Zealand: Intellectual Property

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY - There are a variety of laws dealing with the protection of intellectual property in New Zealand. These laws permit the creation of legal rights to the exclusive use or ownership of copyright...more

Guide To Doing Business in New Zealand: Taxation

TAXATION - It is not possible to give a complete outline of the scope of the taxation system in this guide. A brief outline of the basic taxation principles and some of the major forms of taxation are discussed below....more

Guide To Doing Business in New Zealand: Company Law

COMPANY LAW - Some general matters relating to company law in New Zealand are discussed below. REGULATORY SCHEME - The Companies Act principally regulates companies. The Companies Act, together with major...more

Guide To Doing Business in New Zealand: Regulation of Foreign Investment

REGULATION OF FOREIGN INVESTMENT - One of the first matters a foreign company or investor must consider when planning to invest in New Zealand is the impact of New Zealand’s foreign investment policy....more

Guide To Doing Business in New Zealand: Major Forms of Business Organisation

A foreign company or investor proposing to establish a business in New Zealand may choose from a number of different entities or forms of business organisation. Each of these forms has its advantages and disadvantages....more

Guide To Doing Business in New Zealand: Introduction

THE COUNTRY - New Zealand is an island nation in the South Pacific with a population of approximately four million five hundred thousand people from a diverse range of ethnic backgrounds. A significant majority of the...more

Re-examination now an option for challenging New Zealand patents and applications

New Zealand has new patent legislation (Patents Act 2013; the ‘new law’) which came into effect on 13 September 2014. The previous legislation (Patents Act 1953; the ‘old law’) did not allow for re-examination of accepted...more

New Zealand: The ‘naming names’ drive for privacy compliance

In a move that will be of great interest to any agency dealing with personal information, the New Zealand Privacy Commissioner has indicated that it will be adopting a policy to routinely ‘name names’ of agencies that have...more

News from Abroad: New Zealand's New Patents Act

After a protracted gestation period, the New Zealand's Patents Act 2013 will take full effect on 13 September 2014. The new Act represents the first major refresh of New Zealand's patent legislation in 60 years, and brings...more

New Zealand Patent Oppositions – What Counts As Evidence In Reply?

I continue my series of articles on the topic of New Zealand Patent Oppositions. This article discusses the limited scope of evidence in reply and the pitfalls of exceeding that scope....more

New Zealand Patent Oppositions – New And Improved (Old Act Cases)

In my earlier article, I looked at the various options for prospective opponents under the New Zealand Patents Act 2013 (the ‘New Act’). These options include third party assertions of prior art during examination, pre-grant...more

New Zealand Patent Oppositions – New And Improved (New Act Cases)

I continue my series of articles on the topic of New Zealand Patent Oppositions. My earlier articles as listed at the bottom of this article, describe the opposition regime under the existing legislation, the Patents Act 1953...more

New Zealand's Highest Court Makes Life Difficult for D&O Policyholders (and Their Insurers)

The Supreme Court of New Zealand (Court) last month handed down the latest in a series of decisions, both in New Zealand and Australia, relating to the enforceability of 'statutory charges' over insurance monies – and it is...more

Section 6 and defence costs – NZ Supreme Court overturns Bridgecorp

On 12 July, Flashlight reported on the NSW Court of Appeal’s unanimous decision that in circumstances where a section 6 charge had been asserted on insurance moneys, that charge did not extend to insurance moneys payable in...more

From the Land Down Under

I come bearing breaking legal news from the Land Down Under, specifically, New Zealand. It appears that Coca-Cola recently suffered a small setback in its quest for world domination. Those of you familiar with...more

Kit Or Caboodle? Recent Australian Opposition Decision Highlights The Inconsistency In Construction Of Kit Claims Between...

The recent Australian opposition decision of Merial Limited v Zoetis LLC [2013] APO 59 highlights the differences between the Australian and New Zealand patent offices in the construction of “kit” claims in relation to the...more

New Zealand Approves Trans-Tasman Patent Regime

The New Zealand Government has announced approval of a single trans-Tasman patent application and examination regime. Although still some time away from actual implementation, the proposed co-operative regime sets to benefit...more

New Zealand Passes Landmark Patent Law Reform

Following on from recent patent law changes in the U.S. and Australia, New Zealand recently passed the Patents Act 2013 (Act). With the passing of this Act, New Zealand patent law has been overhauled and modernised so that it...more

Update - Protecting Plant Varieties In Australia And New Zealand

Recently we provided a summary of key elements of protecting plant varieties in Australia and New Zealand. In this summary we highlighted that plant breeders could seek dual protection under both Patents and Plant Breeder’s...more

Introducing … New Zealand’s Patents Act 2013

It has been a long time coming, but New Zealand finally has a new Patents Act. The New Zealand Patents Bill 2008 received its third and final reading in the New Zealand parliament on 28 August 2013 and will soon receive royal...more

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