Cola bottle litigation for PepsiCo
Successfully defended PepsiCo and Frucor Beverages (as the manufacturer and distributors of Pepsi, Pepsi Max and 7UP in New Zealand) against claims by Coca-Cola that they had infringed Coca-Cola's intellectual property rights in its contour bottle shape. Trade mark infringement, passing off and breaches of the Fair Trading Act were alleged. The case raised important issues around shape marks.
Copyright infringement litigation for Vero Insurance
Successfully brought proceedings for copyright infringement in respect of the insurance policies and related commercial documents of the client's competitor.
Litigation for Co-op Money NZ
Successfully defended the New Zealand Association of Credit Unions in an interim injunction application brought by The Cooperative Bank which sought to prevent the client from re-branding its business as Co-op Money NZ.
Launch of Netflix into New Zealand
Advised Netflix on the recent launch of its online entertainment streaming service into New Zealand, including various intellectual property issues.
Intellectual Property due dilligence on mergers and acquisitions
Danone Asia sale of Frucor
Advising Danone Asia on its sale of the Frucor business in Australia and New Zealand to Suntory, which involved complex intellectual property issues in relation to local and international brands and licenses.
AMI Insurance sale to IAG New Zealand
Advising AMI Insurance on the sale of its on-going insurance business to IAG which included a large number of domain names and trade marks.
Bomac sale of Bayer
Advising Bomac on the sale of New Zealand's largest privately-owned dedicated animal health company to German healthcare company, Bayer, including intellectual property issues.
Brambles' demerger of Recall
Advising on the New Zealand aspects of Brambles world-wide demerger of its information management business, Recall, which included intellectual property issues.
Goodman Fielder sale of Champion
Advising Goodman Fielder on the sale of its Champion flour milling business in New Zealand for NZ$51 million to Nisshin Flour Milling and its parent, Nisshin Seifun, including advice on a range of trade mark licences including both long term and transitional licence agreements.
Halo Inductive Power Technologies sale to Qualcomm
Advising Halo Inductive Power Technologies on the New Zealand aspects of its sale to US-based Qualcomm by its owners Auckland UniServices, TTCP Pty Limited Fund and NZVIF (Seed Fund) and Ove Arup, which involved significant intellectual property issues.
Sale of Carter Holt Harvey, pulp, paper and packaging business
Advising Rank Group on the sale of Carter Holt Harvey's pulp, paper and packaging business to a consortium comprising Japanese packaging company Oji Holdings Corporation and Japanese government-backed investment fund Innovation Network Corporation of Japan for NZ$1.037 billion, including intellectual property aspects of the transaction.
Verifone Systems purchase of EFTPOS
Advising VeriFone Systems, a NYSE-listed international provider of payment systems and solutions, on its purchase of EFTPOS New Zealand by its subsidiary VeriFone New Zealand from ANZ, which included intellectual property aspects. The deal makes VeriFone the biggest EFTPOS solutions and payments provider in New Zealand.