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[edit] Patents Bill 2009 (as of 2012, still ongoing)

(See also: New Zealand Patents Bill 235)

[edit] Unifying examination with Australia 2012

In 2012, the government published a the Building Innovation[1] report. The only relevant mention of patents was one general statement:

Passing the Patents Bill will align our patent laws more closely with those of our trading partners and international best practice.

"aligning with trading partners" could be a euphemism for taking orders from the USA, or it could be innocuous.

[edit] Patent office decisions

The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) is responsible for examining patent applications.

In 2005, they approved an application for using a computer with an XML word-processor document, displayed with an XML Schema Definition, using software with the functionality of "parsing, modifying, reading, and creating the word-processor document".[2] [3]

To search for patents on the NZIPO website, go to their search page:

Then fill in one or more fields and go back to the top of the page and click "Submit query".

[edit] Legislative process

A "SOP" is a Supplementary Order Paper, which is an amendment.

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[edit] Government institutions

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[edit] References

  1. http://www.mbie.govt.nz/what-we-do/business-growth-agenda/building-innovation
  2. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10115247
  3. http://www.iponz.govt.nz/ipol-ipdocs/doc/11399/11399109_ido_6918154_6.doc


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