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Read the latest news, articles, and press releases from AJ Park.

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Type: Article

Publish date: 30 September 2017

Software inventions and the New Zealand Patents Act 2013: three years on

It has now been three years since the New Zealand Patents Act 2013 came into force. The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) has quietly gone about its business of assessing the patentability of new inventions under the legislation handed to it by Parliament. We now have some more guidance on the computer program exclusion.

Type: Article

Publish date: 21 September 2017

Productivity, R&D spending and an election

In this article we look at New Zealand's productivity, how R&D spending is affecting it and what policies our political parties are proposing to boost R&D spend. We also give our view on the issue and put forward our own idea as a solution.

Type: Article

Publish date: 14 September 2017

Kia ora te reo Maori - is offensiveness enough?

In this article we examine the offensiveness provision in our Trade Marks Act, whether offensiveness goes far enough to support this initiative, and whether more work is needed.

Type: Article

Publish date: 11 September 2017

Te reo Māori and intellectual property

Māori Language Week 2017 is here, and the theme for this week is Kia ora te reo Māori – let’s give life to the Māori language. In this article we examine how our intellectual property system can help to breathe life into the Maori language, and also provide some suggestions on how our intellectual property system could be improved.

Type: Article

Publish date: 08 September 2017

AJ Park continues to back the innovation and tech sector

We’re proud to announce that we will, once again, be partnering with The Icehouse and Technology Investment Network (TIN) to continue our support of the innovation and tech sector.

Type: Article

Publish date: 05 September 2017

AJ Park named finalist for the New Zealand Law Awards

We're delighted to announce that we have made it to the finals of the 2017 New Zealand Law Awards. We have been selected as a finalist for the intellectual property specialist law firm of the year award.

Type: Article

Publish date: 30 August 2017

Big changes in how to interpret a patent’s scope of protection

A recent decision of the Supreme Court in the United Kingdom (UK), Actavis v Eli Lilly, has re-written the rules of claim construction. Specifically, how to interpret the scope of protection granted to a patent owner and, hence, whether a competitor’s activities infringe or not.

Type: Article

Publish date: 30 August 2017

Revisiting UsedSoft v. Oracle: Is software property and can it be sold?

In this article, written for Computer Law Review, our consultant Ken Moon explains the concept of software licensing and its global acceptance. It also questions the CJEU’s reasoning in UsedSoft (C-128/11) that Oracle’s distribution right had been exhausted when the first acquirer of a copy of Oracle’s software had downloaded it.

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