Single trans-Tasman Patent Process Approved

October 23, 2013

Approval of a single patent application and examination process for New Zealand and Australia has been announced by the government of New Zealand today.

The government of New Zealand has announced its approval of a single patent application process for New Zealand and Australia. The announcement can be found here on the website of the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand. Under the new system there will be a single examination process which will eventually result in separate patents for both Australia and New Zealand. The details of the new system are still being worked out. According to this page on the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment website, a single examiner will examine both applications under the laws of Australia and New Zealand. If you are interested in protecting your intellectual property in Australia and New Zealand, please get in touch with your usual contact at Swindell & Pearson Ltd or Scott Harrison at [email protected].

Swindell & Pearson has been helping businesses and individuals protect and defend their ideas, innovations and brands for over 130 years. With its head office in Derby, the firm also has offices in Stoke, Wolverhampton, Stafford, Sheffield and Burton. To find out how Swindell & Pearson can help you with any intellectual property requirements please get in touch via [email protected] or by telephone on 01332 367 051.