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Intellectual Property Law Committee

The Intellectual Property Committee assists in intellectual property law reform by reviewing proposed legislation, regulations and guidelines. The committee continues to liaise with the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) on the workability of operational policy and proposed IP reforms.

About Us

The Intellectual Property Law Committee (IPLC) was initially established in 2003 as a working party to consider and comment on IP law reform. The working party was made an NZLS standing committee in 2009, and has continued to keep a watching brief on intellectual property law.

Our People

Greg Arthur is the convenor of the IPLC. Greg is recognised as one of New Zealand’s leading intellectual property litigators. He has been engaged in many significant intellectual property cases before the High Court and the Court of Appeal and before the Commissioner of Patents and Trade Marks.

The membership of the IPLC is made up of experienced IP practitioners:

  • Andrew Brown QC
  • Doug Calhoun
  • Clive Elliott QC
  • John Glengarry
  • David Marriott
  • Virginia Nichols
  • Sheana Wheeldon

NZLS contact: Emily Sutton, Law Reform Adviser
DX SP20202 or PO Box 5041, Wellington 6145

Recent Work

In the past 18 months, the committee has continued to monitor and comment on reforms to intellectual property law.

IPLC made submissions on proposed reforms relating to the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), including:

  • consultation on TPPA – intellectual property implementation,
  • the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Amendment Bill,
  • consultation on TPP patent term extension regulations, and
  • the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Amendment Bill (data protection periods, and interface with the TPP).

The committee also contributed to a comprehensive NZLS submission on the Patents (Trans-Tasman Patent Attorneys and Other Matters) Amendment Bill, in relation to the introduction of a single trans-Tasman patent application and examination process, and joint regulation of patent attorneys.

In addition, the committee made submissions in relation to:

  • proposed regulations under the Geographical Indications (Wines and Spirits) Registration Act,
  • Divisional Patent Applications – Transitional Provisions, and
  • the tax treatment of New Zealand patents.

The committee looks forward to consultations in the next two-year term on an omnibus IP amendment bill, reviews of the Copyright Act 1994 and the Plant Variety Rights Act 1987, and proposed changes to the Patents Regulations.

Get Involved

Appointments are made to this committee biennially. If you have a passion for law reform, skills, interest and expertise in intellectual property law and the time and energy to commit, then get involved.

Membership of this committee allows you to play an important role in intellectual property law reform and is an excellent basis for professional development as well as collegiality and networking.

Additionally, substantive contribution to NZLS law reform may count towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Applications for the 2017 appointment round have closed. The next appointment round will be in mid-2019.

Last updated on the 25th January 2019