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  • 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.

  • 7 April 2017


    Intellectual property in New Zealand is often low on the legislative priority. However, 2016 and the beginning of 2017 has seen an extraordinarily large number of intellectual property bills and orders passed.

  • 27 February 2017

    2016 was a year of change in the patent attorney profession in Australia and New Zealand. In this article we examine two significant changes - the establishment of a single Trans-Tasman Patent Register and the public listing of patent attorney firms on the Australian Stock Exchange.


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