Following a review of the New Zealand Patents (Trans-Tasman Patent Attorneys and Other Matters) Amendment Bill1 by the Commerce Committee of the New Zealand Parliament, a recommendation2 has been made to remove the clauses of the Bill that relate to a) a single patent application process (SAP) and b) a single patent examination process (SEP) for New Zealand and Australia.

Therefore, it is likely that the Bill will be enacted without the relevant clauses for implementing the single application and examination processes. The decision is mainly based on the perceived lack of significant benefits to New Zealand.

A more detailed article on this matter will follow.