Intellectual Property

There is also a depth of experience within the company in that if we needed more specialised help there was someone within the company who could help us.

– Noel Jennings, Director – Arrowhead Alarm Products Ltd

Intellectual Property

Our commercial lawyers are often called upon to give advice on intellectual property issues for our clients.

Our lawyers have the benefit of significant New Zealand and international experience in intellectual property matters.

We provide advice in relation to commercial and contentious intellectual property issues including:

  • Commercialisation of intellectual property domestically and internationally, including sale and purchase, licensing, research and development, manufacturing and joint venture arrangements
  • Confidentiality and copyright protection arrangements, including strategies for protection of confidential information and business know-how (such as manufacturing processes) and copyright works (such as product designs)
  • Registered intellectual property protection, including trade mark and design filings, prosecution and portfolio management
  • Compliance advice for advertising, marketing and promotional activities, including Fair Trading Act, Advertising Standards Authority codes of practice and Major Events Management Act compliance
  • Pre-litigation intellectual property enforcement, including advice on enforcement options, letters before action and settlement arrangements
  • Assisting employers and employees in relation to intellectual property ownership disputes and breach of confidence claims

While we do not prepare and file patent applications or undertake intellectual property litigation, we maintain close relationships with a network of highly regarded specialists in these areas and regularly assist clients in the co-ordination, management and resolution of these matters.

We would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Malloy Goodwin Harford.

Examples of our work

  • Advising a leading homeware retailer in connection with trade mark revocation and opposition proceedings in Australia
  • Advising a leading Australian service station product distributor on re-entry into New Zealand including as to the enforceability of a restraint of trade prohibiting re-entry and related High Court proceedings successfully seeking a declaration that the restraint of trade was unenforceable
  • Advice on intellectual property arrangements for an Auckland based television production company specialising in sports related programming and content
  • Advice on intellectual property licensing arrangements for an international pharmaceutical joint venture, New Zealand’s leading educational publisher and a leading New Zealand furniture designer
  • Advice on the sale of technology companies including the New Zealand division of an online search advertising company
  • Managing international trade mark portfolios for a leading book retailer, homeware retailer and iconic wool product owner including portfolio advice and trade mark filings
Get in touch with us to find out how we can help.