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

Differences in trans-Tasman patent law: extension of term for pharmaceuticals

This is the latest in a series of articles intended to highlight some of the major differences between the patent laws of Australia and New Zealand. Whereas patentees are typically encouraged to view Australia and New Zealand as a common market, the reality is that this impression may not be 100% accurate. As may be