A Kiwi-sized spanner in the works of the TPP?

We have previously reported on progress toward the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) presently under negotiation by Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Canada, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam. Recently, the negotiating parties set themselves a goal of finalising the agreement by October 2013. The TPP will

Progress toward a unitary patent examination for Australia and New Zealand

Back in February 2011, we reported on moves toward a unitary patent examination process for Australia and New Zealand. This was part of the Single Economic Market (SEM) reforms, as agreed between the Australian and New Zealand Governments in late 2009. We noted that whilst such unitary examination is believed to be a “world first”,

High Court rejects plain packaging challenge

In the cases of JT International SA V Commonwealth Of Australia and British American Tobacco Australasia Limited & Ors v Commonwealth Of Australia [2012] HCA 30 the High Court of Australia has dismissed a challenge to the validity of the Federal Government’s Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011 (Cth) (the TPP Act). Under the provisions of the TPP Act,

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