Extending time in New Zealand – statutory versus purposive considerations

The management of patent deadlines is a persistent consideration in the IP world, with the consequences of missing one potentially being the irreversible loss of patent rights. Fortunately, New Zealand legislation provides for the extension of some of these deadlines (including acceptance, but excluding divisional deadlines).  In our recent experience, IPONZ has been generally understanding in

Best Patent Cases 2017 Australia

Welcome to Shelston IP’s round-up of the best patent cases from Australia delivered during 2017.   There were significant and interesting decisions from appeals to the Full Federal Court, from Federal Court trials and interlocutory applications for injunctions and various other orders, and from the Australian Patent Office.  Several decisions related to issues that had

Australia remains a gene-patent friendly jurisdiction

When the Australian High Court ruled against the patentability of isolated naturally occurring genes in the Myriad decision, a number of commentators believed that the decision would ultimately invalidate claims directed to methods involving the practical application of genes. A recent Federal Court decision, however, has confirmed that claims directed to methods involving the correlation

New Zealand: is the “daisy-chaining” of divisionals about to get the glyphosate treatment?

A New Zealand Government review concluded more than 16 months ago under which the facility to “daisy chain” divisionals from applications proceeding under the Patents Act 1953 was squarely under threat.  Nothing of significance appears to have happened in the interim – at least publicly, and one assumes the Government (which, of course, changed following

Improved IPO website in Papua New Guinea (PNG) unveiled

Securing protection for your intellectual property in the South Pacific can often be both challenging and time-consuming.  If registration is available (which is not always the case), the registration process varies from country to country and often involves a labyrinth of filing requirements, elderly legislation and “island time”, where an outwardly straightforward process may take

The CPTPP places IP in the “too hard basket”

The “CPTPP”, otherwise known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership is what remains of the “TPPA-11” (which was itself, what remained of the  Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) Free Trade Agreement following the withdrawal of the United States).  Last month, in Vietnam, the eleven remaining signatories resolved to push forward toward an agreement –

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