Australia-New Zealand “SAP” and “SEP” patent reforms facing the chop – opportunity lost?

On 13 July 2016, the Commerce Select Committee recommended to the New Zealand Parliament that it should pull the pin on the mooted Single Application Process (“SAP”) and Single Examination Process (“SEP”) schemes.  Such schemes, if established, stood to streamline application and examination processes for patent applicants in Australia and New Zealand.   As Select

Progress toward a unitary filing/examination process for AU and NZ patent applications

Single Economic Market (“SEM”) reforms between the governments of Australia and New Zealand have now reached a point whereby a single application process (“SAP”) and a single examination process (“SEP”) for counterpart Australian and New Zealand patent applications may be in place – at least in pilot form, by late 2015.  Clients filing in both