A New Zealand “innovation (or advancement) patent”? Now distinctly possible. Australia’s second-tier innovation patent regime has been all over the news recently – literally overnight, it went from death row to receiving a stay of execution. Although it is not without its faults, has been prone to certain unintended outcomes and has recently gained some
As of 6 July 2017, the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) has joined the Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH), providing New Zealand patent applicants mechanism by which to accelerate the progress of their application and/or accelerate the progress of a corresponding foreign application in a number of major jurisdictions across the globe.
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
New Zealand’s new Patents Act 2013 commences on 13 September 2014 and introduces higher patentability standards as well as increased official fees. A PCT national phase entry or a Paris Convention complete application filed in New Zealand before 13 September 2014 will be examined under the current, less stringent provisions and will be subject to lower official fees during prosecution.
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
In late August 2013 the New Zealand Patents Bill passed its final reading in Parliament. When it comes into effect, anticipated to be around a year away, it will make sweeping changes to New Zealand patent law across the board. In our article of last week, we introduced the new Act and some of the