New Zealand’s “drop-dead” divisional deadline… drops dead

New Zealand patent practice has long operated on a “drop-dead” deadline for the filing of a divisional application – once the would-be “parent” case is accepted, the facility to file a divisional application expires, irrespective of the circumstances.  Many have sought an extension/correction on some entirely reasonable grounds – clerical errors, communication problems, time-zone issues,

Incorrect notifications issued by IPONZ/WIPO

A number of New Zealand trade mark owners have recently received incorrect notifications in relation their International Registrations designating New Zealand (“IRNZ”).  The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (“IPONZ”) advise these incorrect notifications appear to be the result of a “system issue” concerning communications with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) who are responsible

Private Member’s Bill proposes second-tier New Zealand “advancement patent”

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

New Zealand joins the Global Patent Prosecution Highway

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.  

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

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

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