Parallel importation

Parallel Importation is no longer an infringement of copyright in New Zealand.  Thus, goods made overseas by or with the consent of the copyright owner can be freely imported into New Zealand, even if there is an ‘exclusive distributor’ for New Zealand.

This involves the import of genuine product, which has been legitimately purchased overseas.

In some circumstances, patents or other intellectual property rights can be used to restrain parallel importation.  However, the topic is a complex one, and if you have a problem in this area it is essential that you seek advice from a Patent Attorney.

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