New Zealand Law Society - Intellectual Property Law Committee

Intellectual Property Law Committee

The Intellectual Property Law 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
  • Douglas Calhoun
  • Clive Elliott QC
  • John Glengarry
  • David Marriott
  • Virginia Nichols
  • Sheana Wheeldon
  • Jane Glover

Recent Work

In the past 18 months, the committee continued to monitor and comment on reforms to intellectual property law, including submissions on:

  • research and development tax incentive proposals,
  • a review of the Plant Variety Rights Act 1987,
  • the disclosure of origin requirements for patents,
  • MBIE’s issues paper re the long-awaited review of the Copyright Act 1994, and
  • amendments to the Trade Marks Act 2002, in an omnibus regulatory systems bill (the Regulatory Systems (Economic Development) Amendment Bill (No 2))

The committee looks forward to consultation in the next two-year term on the next stage in the Copyright Act review, and an omnibus IP amendment bill.

Get Involved

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

Applications will be called for in mid-2021, for the next 2-year term starting September 2021.

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