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

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

New Zealand – the Patents Bill versus the irresistible force versus the immovable object

Patent law reform in New Zealand has been going on for more than a decade. However, as of today, New Zealand patent law remains codified by a 1953 Act, itself heavily borrowed from a 1949 UK Act. This means that New Zealand businesses – and overseas entities wishing to do business in New Zealand are governed by legislation that

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

Progress toward a unitary patent examination for Australia and New Zealand

Back in February 2011, we reported on moves toward a unitary patent examination process for Australia and New Zealand. This was part of the Single Economic Market (SEM) reforms, as agreed between the Australian and New Zealand Governments in late 2009. We noted that whilst such unitary examination is believed to be a “world first”,

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)