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IPONZ launches webpage for the new NZ Patents Act

The long-awaited updated New Zealand Patents Act received royal assent on 13 September 2013, and will come into full force on 13 September 2014.  To quote IPONZ: “Once it is enacted, the Patents Bill will replace the Patents Act 1953 and provide a modern patent system in New Zealand.”  A summary of the main changes brought about by the new Act can be found at:

http://www.iponz.govt.nz/cms/iponz/latest-news/expired-items/patents-bill

IPONZ in now preparing the all-important Patents Regulations to accompany the new Act, and proposes to have a public consultation period on some of the new regulations in early December 2013.  They have recently launched a webpage dedicated to providing updates on the implementation of the Patents Act 2013.  Keep an eye on the following website for up to the minute information (straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak):

http://www.iponz.govt.nz/cms/patents/patents-act-2013

Andrew Jones