NZ patents delayed after Australian IP reform
Since Australia’s intellectual property reform took effect in April, no new patents have been approved from New Zealand as they sit in a backlog of applications.
Australia’s Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Act 2012 makes it more difficult to obtain patents. The legislation, also known as the Raising the Bar bill, aims to make the country’s patent law more consistent with overseas jurisdictions.
Intellectual property lawyers generally advise clients to file in both countries.