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, and hearings delays.
The Intellectual Property Law Committee 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.
Jane Glover is the committee convenor. Jane has expertise in intellectual property, and has held a number of roles as an adjudicator (including as a member/Deputy Chair of the Copyright Tribunal, and as an Assistant Commissioner with IPONZ). Jane is an author of the copyright section of the leading text Intellectual Property Law (Lexis Nexis), and was recently named Lawyer of the Year for Intellectual Property in Auckland in the Best Lawyers directory.
The committee comprises experienced IP practitioners:
In the past two years, the committee monitored and commented on reforms to intellectual property law and practice. The committee also engages extensively with IPONZ on practice issues, and provides feedback on proposed changes to IPONZ Practice Guidelines. Committee representatives also attend IPONZ Technical Focus Group meetings.