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New Zealand Patent Oppositions – What Counts As Evidence In Reply?

I continue my series of articles on the topic of New Zealand Patent Oppositions. This article discusses the limited scope of evidence in reply and the pitfalls of exceeding that scope....more

New Zealand Patent Oppositions – New And Improved (Old Act Cases)

In my earlier article, I looked at the various options for prospective opponents under the New Zealand Patents Act 2013 (the ‘New Act’). These options include third party assertions of prior art during examination, pre-grant...more

New Zealand Patent Oppositions – New And Improved (New Act Cases)

I continue my series of articles on the topic of New Zealand Patent Oppositions. My earlier articles as listed at the bottom of this article, describe the opposition regime under the existing legislation, the Patents Act 1953...more

New Zealand's Highest Court Makes Life Difficult for D&O Policyholders (and Their Insurers)

The Supreme Court of New Zealand (Court) last month handed down the latest in a series of decisions, both in New Zealand and Australia, relating to the enforceability of 'statutory charges' over insurance monies – and it is...more

Section 6 and defence costs – NZ Supreme Court overturns Bridgecorp

On 12 July, Flashlight reported on the NSW Court of Appeal’s unanimous decision that in circumstances where a section 6 charge had been asserted on insurance moneys, that charge did not extend to insurance moneys payable in...more

From the Land Down Under

I come bearing breaking legal news from the Land Down Under, specifically, New Zealand. It appears that Coca-Cola recently suffered a small setback in its quest for world domination. Those of you familiar with...more

Kit Or Caboodle? Recent Australian Opposition Decision Highlights The Inconsistency In Construction Of Kit Claims Between...

The recent Australian opposition decision of Merial Limited v Zoetis LLC [2013] APO 59 highlights the differences between the Australian and New Zealand patent offices in the construction of “kit” claims in relation to the...more

New Zealand Approves Trans-Tasman Patent Regime

The New Zealand Government has announced approval of a single trans-Tasman patent application and examination regime. Although still some time away from actual implementation, the proposed co-operative regime sets to benefit...more

New Zealand Passes Landmark Patent Law Reform

Following on from recent patent law changes in the U.S. and Australia, New Zealand recently passed the Patents Act 2013 (Act). With the passing of this Act, New Zealand patent law has been overhauled and modernised so that it...more

Update - Protecting Plant Varieties In Australia And New Zealand

Recently we provided a summary of key elements of protecting plant varieties in Australia and New Zealand. In this summary we highlighted that plant breeders could seek dual protection under both Patents and Plant Breeder’s...more

Introducing … New Zealand’s Patents Act 2013

It has been a long time coming, but New Zealand finally has a new Patents Act. The New Zealand Patents Bill 2008 received its third and final reading in the New Zealand parliament on 28 August 2013 and will soon receive royal...more

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