Doppelgangers – local versus absolute novelty under New Zealand Practice

The more things change, the more they stay the same.  New Zealand’s new Patents Act 2013 commenced on 13 September 2014 – and with it, the much-heralded shift from the local novelty standard employed under the Patents Act 1953 to absolute, or worldwide novelty. In this article, we consider what effect this shift is likely

A unitary patent examination process for Australia and New Zealand

A unitary patent examination process is soon to be established for applications before the Patent Offices of Australia and New Zealand. Whilst this is believed to be a world first, we note at the outset that any such process is at least three years away. This development is part of the Single Economic Market (SEM)