Incorrect notifications issued by IPONZ/WIPO

A number of New Zealand trade mark owners have recently received incorrect notifications in relation their International Registrations designating New Zealand (“IRNZ”).  The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (“IPONZ”) advise these incorrect notifications appear to be the result of a “system issue” concerning communications with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) who are responsible

Patent families: As weird and wonderful as people families

First of all, what is a patent family?  Like a family made up of people, it’s a collection of things that are related in some way, where the things just happen to be patent documents.  Although all methods of constructing a patent family are artificial, some are more artificial than others, which, I guess, implies

Pat-INFORMED: A powerful new searching tool, but don’t be left Part-INFORMED

A new database has been launched with the principal purpose of providing easily accessible and understandable information about the patent status of a specific medicine in a particular country, by identifying key patents related to the medicine worldwide.   This database is meant to have all this information in a single place, and to complement

Use of the PCT system, and advantages and benefits of International Preliminary Examination (IPE)

There are a couple of ways to file a patent application in a country of interest. The choice is usually based on a commercial strategy, and balanced by cost considerations. If protection of the invention is required in only a few countries, it is usually most cost effective to file directly into those countries and

Scam Alert – Unsolicited IP Services

Shelston IP has become aware of a recent increase in the number of unscrupulous companies offering unsolicited IP services. We urge our clients to treat any unexpected correspondence about their intellectual property with caution.   Such correspondence typically appears in the form of a professional looking  “invoice”, with a request for payment regarding the “publication”