In an ironic twist, Lego (who make several excellent troll figurines) gets trolled in the US.
An unnamed Netflix lawyer has unwittingly gone viral (and struck PR gold in the process) by penning a good-natured cease and desist letter to the proprietors of a pop-up bar based (without consent) on Stranger Things "“ one of its flagship series.
Using short bursts of an artist's music is incredibly common in movies, documentaries, TV shows and even other music. Often, that use is authorised. When it's not, in New Zealand, the user needs to rely on the right to "fair deal" in the copyright work.
Use of AI raises interesting questions around the ownership of copyright.
Parody and satire have long had a place in public commentary.
At the risk of a "well, actually" moment, memes are more than the commonly-understood picture-with-words-on-it.
My Food Bag's quirky response (which is worth a read itself) to a stern letter from a German multinational food delivery service, HelloFresh, in relation to My Food Bag's use of the phrase "Hello Fresh Start the programme" highlights a potential pitfall of descriptive trade marks.
1100 Chinese made items of clothing labeled 'Fabrique en Nouvelle-Zelande'
Every year companies lose millions to intellectual property (IP) theft. While counterfeit products are nothing new, brands and products are becoming increasingly easier to steal. As businesses move online, both companies and customers need to be savvier.
Retailers of primary food products will soon need to tell consumers where that food was grown, harvested, caught or raised.
Border protection measures preventing counterfeit and pirated goods entering New Zealand will no longer be the sole responsibility of rights holders, and Customs will soon also be able to stop infringing goods from exiting New Zealand.
NZ Foreign Affairs and Trade Manatū Aorere is consulting on the geographical indications that should be protected in the EU-NZ free trade agreement currently being negotiated.
Prominent trade marks have a way of becoming a part of the modern vernacular.
Laura Carter recently hosted a session on the 'Art of IP' to the wonderfully accommodating and friendly community at GridAKL