Private Member’s Bill proposes second-tier New Zealand “advancement patent”

A New Zealand “innovation (or advancement) patent”?  Now distinctly possible.  Australia’s second-tier innovation patent regime has been all over the news recently – literally overnight, it went from death row to receiving a stay of execution. Although it is not without its faults, has been prone to certain unintended outcomes and has recently gained some

Push for gene patent ban in Australia resurrected

Seemingly unsatisfied by two recent Senate Inquiry Reports which rejected proposals to legislate against gene patents, the proponents of gene patent reform appear to have resurrected their cause via a new Private Members’ Bill which once again seeks to ban gene patents in Australia. In September 2011, we reported that an attempt to ban gene