Business / Commercial

Business / Commercial

Trademarks - Madrid Protocol

Created: Friday, 16 November 2012 04:27

In the past New Zealand businesses wanting to protect their trademarks in their export markets had to apply to register their marks in each and every one of those export markets. This meant complicated management of overseas advisors and high costs.

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Compliance with Tender Process

Created: Wednesday, 25 July 2012 03:31

The High Court decision of Roading & Ashphalt Limited v South Waikato District Council is a timely reminder to all those involved in tenders of the need to comply strictly with the selected tender process.

South Waikato District Council (Council) invited tenders for solid waste disposal operations in Tokoroa.

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Proposed Changes to the Fair Trading Act 1986

Created: Tuesday, 10 July 2012 03:36

The Consumer Law Reform Bill, currently before Parliament, proposes several changes to various Acts, including important changes to the Fair Trading Act 1986 (FTA). Some of these changes will seriously affect many businesses.

The more important of these changes affect the ability for a business to contract out of the FTA in business to business transactions and include updated provisions in respect of "uninvited direct sales" to consumers, unsolicited goods and services, layby agreements, extended warranties and unsubstantiated representations. These are discussed below.

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New Reporting Requirements for Registered Charities

Created: Wednesday, 16 May 2012 03:39

Registered Charities need to be aware of two important changes to the Charities Act 2005 (Act) which came into effect on 24 February 2012. These relate to their reporting obligations to the Charities Commission (Commission) (shortly to be reconstructed as a board within the Department of Internal Affairs).

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Cyberspace Piracy - A Compromise

Created: Wednesday, 11 May 2011 03:51

First published in Inside Tourism, Issue 831, 5 May 2011

The Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill was rushed through its final reading last month and is now law. Most of its provisions relating to internet copyright infringement come into force on 1 September. The Bill was introduced to replace a controversial scheme that could have resulted in many unwarranted disconnections from the internet. Now that it is law, it is timely to remind those of you who provide internet access to your customers and staff, of the possible consequences of doing so.

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