New Zealand Patents Bill

The long awaited New Zealand Patents Bill having key provisions substantially modeled on the Australian Patents Act has been introduced into the New Zealand Parliament. It is expected that the first reading of the Bill and referral to the Select Committee should occur within the next few months. Once the Bill has been referred to the Committee, submissions will be invited. At this stage it is not possible to predict when the Bill will be enacted but it is unlikely to come into force before late 2009.