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Patents Amendment Bill passes

The trans-Tasman patent attorney regime has been given the go ahead after the Patents (Trans-Tasman Patent Attorneys and Other Matters) Amendment Bill passed its third reading yesterday.

The key changes in the legislation include:

  • Establishment of a single trans-Tasman patent attorney regime including a single qualification for registration and code of conduct.
  • Creation of a single trans-Tasman patent attorney register.
  • Removal of ‘unity of invention’ as a ground to oppose a patent being granted. This will apply retrospectively from 13 September 2014.

The new trans-Tasman patent attorney registration regime is expected to commence on 24 February 2017. Information on the transition from the current national registration regime to the new trans-Tasman patent attorney registration regime can be found here.

For more information on the Patents (Trans-Tasman Patent Attorneys and Other Matters) Amendment Bill, please visit the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website.

Read Minister Goldsmith’s press statement here.