The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) has now released the Patents Regulation discussion document for the New Zealand Patents Act 2013.

The document, which you can read it here outlines the problems and options considered in formatting the Regulations and invites input on the options, likely costs and other impacts of the proposals.

Submissions are to be provided in writing by 24 January 2014 and will be posted on the IPONZ website.  The actual Regulations are not likely to be published until May 2014.

Please let us know if you would like our help in preparing a submission or have any questions regarding the discussion document.

We will provide a more detailed summary of the proposed changes soon.