New Zealand: Top IP attorneys sail away with international yachting title
Last Updated: 21 May 2013

A crew of Kiwi intellectual property attorneys have shown their yacht-racing skills by beating colleagues from around the world to win the coveted 2013 Patent Cup.

In April this year, the 2013 Patent1 Cup was held in New Zealand for the first time since its inception over 25 years ago. The teams were lucky enough to be using a fleet of identical MRX racing yachts which proved an excellent yacht to sail on, regardless of ability and experience.

Taking out the top gong at the three-day regatta wasn't an easy task, with Germany, Australia and the USA all taking the lead in various races throughout the regatta. The skipper, Andrew Knowles from James & Wells Intellectual Property2 , expert skills paid off on day three, winning the first harbour race of the day despite the lack of wind, which resulted in an hour long 200m "dash" to the finish line.

The Patent Cup, which has been going now for 25 years, was great fun, according to Jennifer Lucas from James & Wells Intellectual Property, who got to know her fellow IP3 associates very well as a result of the packed schedule of social events that ran alongside the actual racing.

The three-day regatta sees patent attorneys gather in a different location each year to put their naturally competitive streaks to the test on the water. Next year's regatta will be held in Germany.

This article first appeared in the NZ Lawyer.

Footnotes

1A 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.

2Refers 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.

3Refers 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.

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