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Seminar Series gives SMEs clues to securing investment

24 April 2018. Posted by Emily Agnew , Carrick Robinson .

Money makes the world go round.

It’s an old saying, the truth (and origin) of which has been endlessly debated.  What is unchallengeable is that money – investment - is necessary for businesses to grow and stay the course in a competitive marketplace.

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China progresses e-commerce law changes

23 April 2018. Posted by Johnathan Chen (陈禹豪) .

Intellectual property rights will receive greater protection in China later this year with the expected passing of new legislation governing e-commerce in the country.

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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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Patentability of inventions implemented in software

9 April 2018. Posted by Craig Rothwell .

The New Zealand Patents Act specifically excludes software from being patentable subject matter.  However, despite the software exclusion, an invention implemented in software may be patentable.  This article discusses patentability of software-implemented inventions and how to determine whether the software exclusion applies.    

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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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