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Second-tier patent system proposed for New Zealand

11 April 2018. Posted by Jonathan Lucas , Craig Rothwell .

A Members Bill to amend the New Zealand Patents Act 2013 was introduced by Dr Parmjeet Parmar on 5 April 2018.  If enacted, the proposed law will come into force on 1 October 2019.  The Bill, introduced by a member of the opposition government, is a bolt out of the blue, with no mention of this proposed law change being made during the 2017 election.  

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James & Wells in the media: Jonathan Lucas in NBR commenting on the new patents bill introduced

9 April 2018. Posted by Jonathan Lucas .

James & Wells Partner Jonathan Lucas has appeared on NBR Online and on NBR Radio commenting on the Patents (Advancement Patents) Amendment Bill introduced to parliament last week. 

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James & Wells announce new partnership to help champion sports performance innovation

13 February 2018. Posted by Jonathan Lucas , Anne-Marie Holder .

Staying true to their reputation of championing innovation, national intellectual property (IP) specialists James & Wells are proud to announce a new partnership with the Sports Performance Innovation Forum.  

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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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