TPP, CETA and IP – Can New Zealand Learn from the Canadian Anagram?

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations continue to struggle on with the inclusion of Mexico, Canada and, more recently, Japan, adding further complexity, particularly in relation to agricultural market access. Read More

Copyright: another important way to protect your IP Assets in China

If you are operating in China, you will be conscious about “protecting your business assets”. You will also be aware how important it is to have original documentation and proof of ownership in this jurisdiction. Read More

New Patent Law for New Zealand – Saving on Renewal Fees

New Zealand’s new Patents Act 2013 comes into force on 13 September 2014.   The new Act will increase the cost to renew a granted patent in New Zealand. Read More

Have your say on the Government’s science investment

The Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has released a draft National Statement of Science Investment setting out the proposed future direction for, and coordination of, science investment in New Zealand. Read More

Law Reforms Influence Demand for Patents Down Under

* * Australia Raises the Bar IP Australia (IPA) experienced a 13% growth in annual patent filings in 2013, as patent owners rushed to file their applications ahead of significant reforms to Australia’s patent legislation. Read More

Isolated Nucleic Acids are Patent Eligible in Australia

Last year, the Federal Court of Australia confirmed that isolated naturally occurring nucleic acid sequences are patent eligible subject matter. Read More

Expediting examination in Australia

*How can examination be expedited?* * *There are two ways of expediting examination in Australia: General Expedited Examination The Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) pilot programme The GPPH pilot programme commenced in January 2014. Read More

Significant Changes to New Zealand Patents Act – Benefits to Filing Applications before 13 September 2014

After a protracted gestation period, the New Zealand’s Patents Act 2013 will take full effect from 13 September 2014. Read More

Intellectual Property Rights Objectives of the US from the TPP

The United States Trade Representative, Michael Froman, recently released a summary statement of what the United States of America wishes to achieve from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. Read More

New Zealand’s Response to the Global Rise of Corruption and Match-Fixing in Sport

Sport is a multi-billion dollar global business. This makes it very attractive to organised crime syndicates as it can result in substantial financial returns. Read More