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Appointment of Patents Māori Advisory Committee Members

IPONZ is pleased to announce the appointment of three Patents Māori advisory committee (Patents MAC) members:

  • Professor Pare Keiha has been appointed as Chair of the Patents MAC. Pare has a background that spans both academic and commercial environments. He is currently the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Maori Advancement, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Learning and Teaching and Dean/Tumaki of Te Ara Poutama, the Faculty of Māori & Indigenous Advancement, at AUT University.
  • Ms Karen Te-O-Kahurangi Waaka is the Chair of the Trade Marks Māori advisory committee and a member of the Māori Trade Marks Focus Group. Karen has extensive experience in Māori tourism.
  • Mr Baden Vertongen is a barrister and solicitor specialising in Māori law. Baden is also an associate member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

The Patents MAC was established under the Patents Act 2013 that commenced on 13 September 2014. The function of the Committee is provide advice to the Commissioner of Patents on whether commercial exploitation of an invention that involves the use of Māori traditional knowledge or indigenous flora and fauna would be likely to be contrary to Māori values. The advice of the Patent MAC is non-binding and will be provided when required on specific patent applications.