Australia-New Zealand “SAP” and “SEP” patent reforms now officially culled

In our article of 29 July 2016, we suggested that the proposed Australia-New Zealand Single Application Process (“SAP”) and Single Examination Process (“SEP”) schemes were unlikely to proceed, given a report tabled by the Commerce Select Committee of the New Zealand Parliament.   The New Zealand Government has now, unsurprisingly, followed the Select Committee’s recommendation

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

Progress toward the Australia/New Zealand single economic market

We have reported previously on the impending Single Economic Market (“SEM”) reforms, as agreed between the Australian and New Zealand Governments in August 2009. The wider reforms encompass not only IP, but also competition policy, consumer protection, accounting standards, securities offerings, cross-border insolvency and company registrations. The framework thereby aims to accelerate and deepen trans-Tasman