Progress en route to New Zealand’s new Patents Act

The exposure draft of the Patents Bill was released in 2004; we are now well into 2012 – and New Zealand still doesn’t have its new Patents Act. The term “progress” is thereby somewhat subjective. In this article, we briefly explain some of the reasons why, despite much promise, nothing has yet transpired. The Patents Bill 2008 had its first

Research and regulatory use exempt from patent infringement

The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Act 2012 was passed into law on 15 April 2012. The majority of provisions in the Act come into effect on 15 April 2013. However, the exemptions for research and regulatory use will apply immediately. One of the schedules of the Bill was to provide freedom of access to

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