Friday, June 5, 2009


Today's article in the Dominion Post's Business Day p.C1 entitled 'Attack on Zespri monopoly' by Andrew Janes contained an interesting piece of IP information. The name kiwifruit, coined to replace Chinese gooseberry, was first mooted in 1956 by the company Turners and Growers. Now of course, that name is commonplace throughout the world.

The remainder of the article outlined Turners and Growers' challenge to kiwifruit company Zespri to allow them to become an 'international, branded, year-round supplier and marketer of kiwifruit,' with accusations of monopolistic and protectionist actions.

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