Lewis Road Creamery v Fonterra

Lewis Road Creamery v Fonterra: What’s really going on? Alex McDonald, Intellectual Property Law Barrister, Auckland Let’s take some educated guesses about what’s really going on in this dispute which hit the headlines at the end of 2016 from an intellectual...

Oraka v Geostel | The Saga Continues …

Oraka v Geostel | The Saga Continues … Alex McDonald | Intellectual Property Lawyer, Auckland In what promises not to be the last Court decision in the ongoing Oraka v Geostel copyright infringement saga the Court of Appeal has overturned the High Court’s...

Piggy Backer goes down in Bullfight

Piggy Backer goes down in Bullfight Alex McDonald | Intellectual Property Lawyer, Auckland Red Bull is no stranger to intellectual property litigation but its scrap with a rival drinks manufacturer provided for some real drama and intrigue resulting in a Court of...

Evidence 101 for IPONZ Proceedings

Evidence 101 for IPONZ Proceedings Alex McDonald | Trade Mark Lawyer, Auckland NZ Gone are the days when the standard of evidence for hearings involving trade mark, patent and design registration disputes before the IPONZ Commissioner was a relaxed affair. Decisions...

Yellow not so mellow

Yellow not so Mellow Domain Names Lawyer, Alex McDonald says that a recent High Court decision, Yellow Holdings Ltd v Eurobelt Ltd,[1] illustrates the power of ‘first to register’ domain name status and the difficult stand-offs that can result where adomain name is...

CO-OP COCK-UP

CO-OP COCK-UP Alex McDonald | Trade Mark Litigation Lawyer, Auckland A descriptive trade mark seem like a great idea but can prove be a real headache down the line. Here’s a case that illustrates howa descriptive trade mark can cause problems. The Public Service...

An Ace Card

An Ace Card: Shape Trade Mark Registrations Alex McDonald, Trade Mark Dispute Lawyer, Auckland A trade mark registration for the shape of a product is one of the holy grails of trade mark protection. The distinctive trade mark triangle shape Toblerone box is a good...