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Earlier this year, a young man came to me concerned about a potential copyright infringement matter. Like any typical copyright matter, a design he created was copied by a corporate entity and subsequently applied on a line garments and sold to the public.  All this, without his authority. He was obviously disappointed when saw the...
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Susan is an up and coming fashion designer in Papua New Guinea.  She’s been in the industry for a couple of years now but still considers herself an “amateur”.  About a year ago while shopping at one of the local retailers, she saw a skirt displayed at the storefront. She immediately noticed a familiar design...
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Are you thinking of rebranding your business name or a product in 2019? Rebranding can be an expensive exercise.  Do it wrong and you could pay a heavy price – a very heavy price. In this two-part series, I’m going to explain to you what could go wrong and in the second part my recommendation...
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Around this time last year, a major retail outlet in Port Moresby was heavily promoting a new “top of the range” wide screen television model.  Within the shop, the music was cranked up a few more decibels to draw customers to its electronic section.  It didn’t take long before the numbers in this section started...
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Are you looking to file an application to patent an invention?  Or do you wish to register an industrial design?  If the latter click here. If the former, read on. There are two types of applications that can be filed. One is a convention application and the other is an application entering the national phase....
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Are you considering registering your trade mark?  If so, please find below a list of requirements you will need have handy when requesting us to assist you file a trade mark application with the Papua New Guinea Intellectual Property Office. A. Name of Applicant B. Full Trade or Business Address of Applicant C. Country of...
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Vai IP is a boutique intellectual property law and consulting firm based in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Our focus is to provide clients a more efficient and cost effective way in protecting and maintaining their intellectual property rights in Papua New Guinea. Our founder, Mea Vai, is passionate about intellectual property and has over...
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Did you know that it’s an offence for a person or company to publish or cause to be published any unfair statement in any commercial advertisement?  If you didn’t know, you do now! There is one little legislation in Papua New Guinea that covers unfair statements in advertisements which is called Commercial Advertisement (Protection of...
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Papua New Guinea has existing copyright legislation, namely, the Copyright and Neighboring Rights Act 2000. There is a general tendency for Papua New Guineans to think that copyright only covers music or some form of writing.  For this reason, we’ve tried to list below the kind of works that are eligible for copyright protection under...
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Several years ago a client created this unique product and the initial reception he got from potential customers was “we’ve been waiting for something like this for yonks!”.  The product was a success, it met a demand. Being the creative lad he is, he came up with a catchy brand name too and like the...
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