I'm just enqiring about copyright and infriengement of intellectual property. I'm in Christchurch, New Zeland and have

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Customer: I'm just enqiring about copyright and infriengement of intellectual property.
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Customer: I'm in Christchurch, New Zeland and have been approached by an American company will an almost identical name who seems to believe im infringing on IP.
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Customer: didn't want to do anything before I sought some advice.
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Customer: We also are in the same industry, health and fitness. I believe they may have a trademark being processed
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I am a New Zealand lawyer based in Wellington and will help you with your question today. Please give me a minute to read your question
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Do you have a trademark or is your company registered with this name
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Company is registered with this name.
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My company is Carbon Caulture NZ Limited. The American Company is either Carbon Culture or Carbon Culture USA.
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What previous contact have you had with the company in the US if at all?
Customer
None. They messaged me via Instagram last night threatening legal action if I don't remove my Instagram profile and website. Not sure ifs genuine or more scare tactics. Wanted to seek some advice before doing anything
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Your name is ***** ***** may depend on whether you want to enter a dispute but you have the right to use the name in New Zealand, so if this doesnt affect them overseas they may not be able to stop you

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I am of the view that we conduct our businesses on other sides of the world, so there is no conflict of interest when it comes to operating under similar names. Could you see any potential issues arising if I continue to operate under my registered name? Do they have any durastiction to enter a dispute or take legal action?
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They would need to bring a case in a New Zealand court, which you could defend.

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Thanks Chris, that pretty much answers my questions
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