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IP key to securing investment

29 June 2017. Posted by Jonathan Lucas .

Investors consider many aspects of a potential investment but one of the most important factors is your intellectual property (IP). This article explains what aspects of IP investors are interested in, particularly in an early pitch.

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Innovative diabetes prevention device wins James & Wells Innovation Award

22 June 2017. Posted by Emily Agnew , Jonathan Lucas .

James & Wells wishes to congratulate New Zealand Medical & Scientific (NZMS) for winning the James & Wells Medical Technology Association of NZ (MTANZ) Innovation Award for 2017.

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James & Wells staff excel in 2016 patent attorney exams

28 October 2016. Posted by Jonathan Lucas .

After a nervous wait, the results for the 2016 New Zealand patent attorney exams have been released – and we couldn’t be more proud of our candidates this year.

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Proposed amendment to NZ Laws on Divisional Patent Applications in NZ

23 September 2016. Posted by Jonathan Lucas .

The Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment (MBIE) is proposing changes to New Zealand’s patent laws that would, if implemented, impact companies in the process of applying for NZ patents and companies that exploit technology in NZ.

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MBIE’s Creative Sector Study

15 August 2016. Posted by Jonathan Lucas .

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) wants to find out how copyright is used amongst the creative sector.

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Proposed patent law change questioned

7 June 2016. Posted by Jonathan Lucas .

A proposal to retrospectively change New Zealand’s patent regime is unfair and will disadvantage affected businesses, an intellectual property expert says.

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Trans-Pacific Partnership – What it will mean for Kiwi inventors

2 November 2015. Posted by Joseph Garven , Jonathan Lucas .

After five years, negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement were finally concluded on 5 October 2015 between 12 countries. An important part of the TPP is the obligations of each member state in relation to intellectual property (IP), including patents.

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Re-examination of New Zealand patents: proceed with caution

2 February 2015. Posted by Ian Finch , Jonathan Lucas .

New Zealand patents can now be challenged by any party in a re-examination procedure, but it is worth thinking carefully before using this procedure as the outcome could have some unwelcome consequences.

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Guide to New Zealand Patent Act 2013 - Examination process

28 August 2014. Posted by Jonathan Lucas .

The New Zealand Patent Act 2013, which comes into force on 13 September 2014, contains several changes to the examination process for New Zealand patent applications (including Convention and PCT national phase applications filed in NZ after the act comes into force).

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Divisional applications in New Zealand – prepare for the future

27 August 2014. Posted by David Macaskill , Jonathan Lucas .

New Zealand has passed a new Patents Act.  The new Patents Act comes into force as of 13 September and will implement some significant changes to New Zealand's patent laws, including the practice around divisional patent applications.

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