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  • 14 November 2017

     The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), a revised version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, includes changes agreed to some of the provisions of the IP chapter, including patent term extensions, data protection and copyright term.


  • 27 October 2017

    An exposure draft of Australia's Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Bill 2017 has just been released which signals the death knell of the innovation patent.



  • 16 October 2017

     The publication of the recent Value of Design report caused a stir in New Zealand’s design community. The report claims that last year, design contributed $10.1 billion to New Zealand’s GDP.


  • 10 October 2017

    In a step signalling the continuing commitment of ASEAN member states (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) to join the Madrid system, Indonesia became the 100th member of the Madrid Union.


  • 18 September 2017

     Australian IP laws are set for another shake up. Key changes originally proposed by the Productivity Commission have been supported by the government in a response released 25 August 2017. These changes include, abolishing the innovation patent, raising the standard of inventive step for patents, and altering the plant breeder’s rights system amongst others.



  • 6 July 2017

    New Zealand has joined the Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) pilot program. As a result it is now possible to request accelerated examination of a New Zealand patent application based on the allowance of at least one claim of a corresponding application in another GPPH office.


  • 4 July 2017

    A review of the Copyright Act has been commenced by the New Zealand Government. The review has been long-signalled by the Government, and long-awaited in some quarters. It is the first major review of substantive provisions of the Act since the Copyright (New Technologies) Amendment Act 2008.



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