This document has been prepared for Sport NZ by intellectual property law firm James & Wells as a basic guide for organisations in the sporting sector.
It is designed as an introduction and overview of key types of intellectual property and why these are important for sporting organisations.
It is important that both the scope and ownership of intellectual property are clearly defined to enable the legal rights of the owner to be enforced. At the same time, people need to know just how far they can go before they overstep the boundaries and infringe the intellectual property rights of others. This is made possible through intellectual property rights in the form of patents, design registrations, trademark registrations, plant variety rights, copyright – all of which have a definable scope and duration – and other forms of IP protection.