Bill to Implement NZ-UK FTA Introduced to Parliament
Following on from the earlier notified Agreement in Principle for a NZ-UK Free Trade Agreement, the United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement Legislation Bill has now been introduced to New Zealand’s parliament as part of the process towards final ratification of the agreement.
All In Good Time – Doctrine of Laches Defence Rejected
In A.I.G. Agency Inc v American International Group 21-1948 the Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit’s (CA8C’s) application of the doctrine of progressive encroachment led it to reject the district court’s finding of a doctrine of laches defence.
Renewed Efforts Towards Harmonisation of Substantive Patent Law
The UKIPO recently opened a short consultation period on substantive patent law harmonisation initiatives in relation to the interrelated issues of grace periods, prior user rights and conflicting applications.
Full Court Rejects Inventive Step Attack on Veterinary Formulation Patent
In Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc v Intervet International BV 2022 FCAFC 88 the Full Court dismissed Boehringer’s appeal of the primary Judge’s rejection of Boehringer’s opposition to Intervet’s patent application on the basis of lack of inventive step.
Registration Shield Evades Issues with Establishing Reputation
In Toyota New Zealand Limited v Vanguard Trademark Holdings USA LLC 2022 NZIPOTM 9 Vanguard had mixed results, but its class 39 registration proved sufficient against core aspects of Toyota’s goods and services specifications in classes 12 and 35.