New Zealand: Did you know…New Zealand’s leading text on Intellectual Property Law, produced and updated by James & Wells
Last Updated: 16 August 2012

is now available.

James & Wells Intellectual Property1 Law in New Zealand (2nd edition) is an authoritative reference point for practitioners, judges, patent2 attorneys and students which clearly and concisely explores key principles of intellectual property law.

The book takes principles -based approach which makes it a valuable and practical research tool highly suitable for professional and student use. The new edition offers a detailed and updated analysis of legislation and case law , analyzing developments in the area of patent law, copyright and trademarks especially , as well as covering new law from plant variety rights to payout designs, passing off and border protection.

"The editor's diligence and his encyclopedic knowledge of the numerous subjects covered combine to deliver a work that should be indispensable for all those dealing with intellectual property" - Hon Sir Ian Barker

Book Contents:

  1. Introduction to Intellectual Property Law in New Zealand
  2. Patents
  3. Plant Variety Rights
  4. Copyright
  5. Layout Designs
  6. Design Registrations
  7. Trade Marks
  8. Domain Names and Other Issues in Electronic Commerce
  9. Passing Off
  10. The Fair Trading Act 1986
  11. Border Protection

This book also includes:

  • Table of Statues and Regulations
  • Table of Cases
  • Subject Index

How to Purchase Your Copy - Cost NZ$150 +GST



About the Authors

General Editor, Ian Finch, is a partner at James & Wells and president for the New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys.

James & Wells Intellectual Property is a leading New Zealand patent attorney practice and full service intellectual property law firm specializing in the exploitation and protection of intellectual property in New Zealand and worldwide .

James & Wells unique and consistent approach to intellectual property law services has led to the firm being voted the best IP firm in New Zealand for an unprecedented three years in a row at the New Zealand Lawyer Law Awards in 209, 2010 and 2011.


1 Refers to the ownership of an intangible thing - the innovative idea behind a new technology, product, process, design or plant variety, and other intangibles such as trade secrets, goodwill and reputation, and trade marks. Although intangible, the law recognises intellectual property as a form of property which can be sold, licensed, damaged or trespassed upon. Intellectual property encompasses patents, designs, trade marks and copyright.

2 A proprietary right in an invention which provides the owner with an exclusive right for up to 20 years to make, sell, use or import the invention. In exchange for this monopoly the patent is published so that others can see how the invention works and build on that knowledge. The patented invention may also be used by the public once the patent lapses.

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