New Zealand’s second-tier “Advancement” patent fails to make it to first base

In recent weeks, we’ve been following progress on New Zealand’s proposed second-tier “Advancement” patent with interest.  As we moved from first, to second and then third updates, optimism that New Zealand’s patent system would be tweaked in favour of “the little guy” quickly waned; it became apparent that support for the Bill (Patents (Advancement Patents)

Software patents: You’ll know one when you see it

In? Out? Either way, talk of software patents has dominated discussion of the New Zealand Patents Bill for several years, causing unfortunate delay for a much needed update to New Zealand patent law. However, resolution may be on the horizon. Following fierce lobbying by many in the New Zealand IT sector, the Government has announced

New Zealand’s Patents Bill has its second parliamentary reading

New Zealand’s Patents Bill 2008 has finally had its second Parliamentary Reading. Ironically, however, it is probably further from being passed into law than it was prior to this second Reading. On 12 September 2012, more than three years after its first Reading, the Patents Bill 2008 was approved by a clear majority of the House. However, to assume