New Zealand’s proposed second-tier “Advancement” patent yet to advance

As seasoned patent scribes, who have between us covered almost everything of significance coming out of New Zealand over the past 15 years, the manner in which a recent article resonated was somewhat unexpected.  The article didn’t cover the new Patents Act 2013, poisonous divisionals, the TPP, or even Eminem supposedly suing the NZ Government

New Zealand: Daisy-chaining of divisionals to be nipped in the bud following Government review?

A New Zealand Government review has commenced under which the facility to “daisy chain” divisionals from applications proceeding under the Patents Act 1953 is under threat.  In this article, we examine some of the rationale behind this review – and conclude, all things considered, that changes are likely.   “Old Act”, “new Act” and “daisy

The Patents Act 2013 creates legislative space (as distinct from impetus) for a New Zealand innovation patent

A New Zealand “innovation patent”?  Unlikely, but watch this space nonetheless.  The popularity of Australia’s innovation patents regime has been well documented.  Although it is not without its faults, has been prone to certain unintended outcomes and has recently gained some high-profile critics, the Australian innovation patents regime has arguably been relatively successful in stimulating

Another reason to file early in New Zealand – the time-restricted, self-colliding, poisonous divisional

New Zealand’s new Patents Act 2013 takes effect from 13 September 2014.  There are compelling reasons to file prior to this date to take advantage of the existing laws, and these reasons have been outlined here.  Even so, it is worth making further mention of the New Zealand legislature’s efforts to modify the provisions for

NZ Patents Act 2013 to commence by 13 September 2014

Recent articles in this series have reported on the passage of New Zealand’s new Patents Act 2013 – and some of its content. We did, however, note that the final step in the legislative process was for the new Act to receive Royal Assent; this duly happened on 13 September 2013. The net result is

NZ’s new Patents Act 2013 – a ban on software patents “as such” and an expansion of the novelty requirement

On 28 August 2013, New Zealand’s new patents legislation was passed by a clear majority of the House of Representatives. Arguably, the most significant changes in the Patents Act 2013 are an effective ban on software patents and the expansion of the “local novelty” requirement. Although the changes will not take effect for at least a