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Key developments

Keep up-to-date on the latest trends and key developments in IP legislation from across the globe.

America Invents Act

The United States has amended its patent law, switching from a 'first-to-invent' system to a 'first-to-file' system. The new law, known as the America Invents Act, came into force on 16 March 2013.

Here we'll provide you with updates on the Act, explain some of the significant changes and provide any general recommendations for you.

The Madrid Protocol

If you are a New Zealand business with a strong export focus, you will now be able to take advantage of an international trade mark system that New Zealand has joined.

The New Zealand Patents Act 2013

The Patents Act 2013 came into force on 13 September 2014.

Here you'll find updates on the Act, downloadable information sheets, articles that explain significant changes, and other related materials to help you stay informed.

The Haka Ka Mate Attribution Act

In a series of articles, Lynell Tuffery Huria and Laura Carter review the Act and consider whether this type of legislation is the best option for other taonga, and examine how this might impact New Zealanders and the haka.

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