New Zealand Law Society - Trans-Tasman patents bill passage recommended

Trans-Tasman patents bill passage recommended

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Parliament's Commerce Committee has released a report on the Patents (Trans-Tasman Patent Attorneys and Other Matters) Amendment Bill, with a majority recommendation that it be passed with amendments.

The bill seeks to amend the Patents Act 2013. Its main purpose is to implement a single trans-Tasman registration regime for Australian and New Zealand patent attorneys.

The bill also proposes an amendment to clarify the grounds on which a person may oppose the grant of a patent and amendments to facilitate the implementation of a single patent application process and a single patent examination process with Australia