Issue 54 – October 2013
The Patents Bill 2008 received Royal assent on 13 September 2013, and the law will be referred to as the Patents Act 2013 (the 'Act').
Royal assent brings two main sets of provisions of the Act into force at different times. The first set of provisions came into force the day following Royal assent and includes:
- appointment of an office and place for the purpose of communications to and from the public on matters arising under the Act; the office is named the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ)
- the power to appoint a Maori Advisory Committee
- appointment of the Commissioner and Assistant Commissioners of patents
- the regulation-making powers of the Act.
The second set of provisions state that the remainder of the Act will be brought into force 1 year from Royal assent (or earlier by Order in Council from the Governor General). A consultation timetable for regulations will be announced in due course.
→ For a summary of how the Act will change the patents legislative regime in New Zealand, see IPONZ latest news
→ To read the Act, see the New Zealand Legislation website
Summarised from information provided by IPONZ, 20 September 2013.