Trans-Tasman

A Brave New Trans-Tasman World? Not quite yet, but progress at least

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Recent developments in Australian Patent Laws this week have moved out Patent System closer to a harmonisation (of sorts) with that of New Zealand with the passing in the Australian Senate of the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Act 2015 (previously known as the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2014). The goal of this new Act is, …

New Zealand patent system gets a shakeup

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New provisions according to the New Zealand patent statue it take effect for new New Zealand cases filed after 14 September 2014. Changes come into effect for new New Zealand cases filed after 14 September 2014 The new provisions seek to modernise the New Zealand patent system, bringing the patent system into harmony with other …

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Streamlined process for Trans-Tasman patents

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In a recent announcement¹, IP Australia and the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (“IPONZ”) have agreed on an implementation plan to introduce a streamlined patent process that will allow a unitary patent application process for both countries by early 2013, and a unitary patent examination process by June 2014. Both sides agree that the …

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Australian & New Zealand single regulatory framework for patent attorney profession

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The Australian patent attorney profession is currently regulated by the Professional Standards Board for Patent Attorneys. A reform is currently being proposed by IP Australia that would see the establishment of a single Trans-Tasman Governance Body with responsibility for patent attorney eduction & regulation. This Body would be responsible for a common register of patent …

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Trans-Tasman Trade Mark Harmonisation

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When seeking a trade mark in both Australia and New Zealand, outcomes are generally similar at examination.  Since May 2006, IP Australia and the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) have been corroborating in an ongoing initiative seeking to improve harmonisation of trade mark examination outcomes. Stage 3 of this project will commence in 1 …