Second Reading of Patents (Trans-Tasman Patent Attorneys and Other Matters) Bill
The Patents (Trans-Tasman Patent Attorneys and Other Matters) Bill was given its second reading on 13th October 2016...
The Government agreed with the Commerce Committee’s recommendation not to continue with the trans-Tasman single application and single examination processes. However, the single trans-Tasman patent attorney regime remains on track and is expected to commence by 24th February 2017 at the latest.
The Bill also remedies a drafting error in the Patents Act 2013, which currently allows applications to be opposed with a unity of invention objection despite such a ground being ruled out as a ground of revocation. The correction will be deemed to have come into force when the Patents Act 2013 commenced on 13th September 2014.