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Article \ 25 May 2023
Feeding the world, vertically
Climate change presents significant challenges to traditional outdoor farming. Extreme weather events such as droughts, floods, and erratic temperature fluctuations have become more frequent, leading to crop failures, reduced yields, and economic losses.
Client story \ 26 Apr 2023
ZeroJet: jetting into the future
As CEO of ZeroJet, Bex Rempel has been instrumental in building the world’s best-performing electric powertrain for small boats. Along with her founding partner, Neil Mans, and a talented team of engineers, Bex’s ambitious goal is to eliminate the need for combustion engines on water.
Article \ 1 Mar 2023
The launch: The Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court
Following Germany’s recent ratification of the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA), the Unified Patent Court (UPC) is now set to open on 1 June 2023. The launch of the UPC will bring significant changes to the European patent system that will impact all European patent holders and applicants.
Article \ 16 Feb 2023
‘Mind the gap’: avoiding unknown IP gaps
It’s every innovator’s worst nightmare – to see their own idea being successfully exploited by a competitor. Our article explains what an intellectual property (IP) gap is, why they are so dangerous, and some strategies to help ‘plug the gaps’.
Article \ 13 Dec 2022
About thyme - New Plant Variety Rights Act blooms in…
The long-debated Plant Variety Rights (PVR) Bill received royal assent on 18 November 2022, becoming the Plant Variety Rights Act 2022.
Article \ 8 Jul 2022
Mere scheme or something more? Business method patents
Patent law inherently excludes certain things from being patented. It is possible that an invention is new and inventive, but at the same time if that invention is something that is specifically excluded from being patent eligible, then such an invention cannot be patented regardless of how novel and inventive it is.
Article \ 20 Jun 2022
Patent (examination) pending – the chemistry/biotech backlog at IPONZ
The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) has recently updated timeframes for issuing a first examination report for patent applications where ordinary examination has been requested.
Article \ 4 May 2022
AI inventorship: ‘The Rise of the Machines’ overturned in Australia
The landmark Australian Federal Court decision in July 2021 (discussed in a previous article here), in which Australia became the first country to allow an artificial intelligence (AI) inventor has been overturned on appeal.
Article \ 1 Apr 2022
Update to the EPO Guidelines for Examination
On the 1 March 2022, the newest edition of the European Patent Office’s (EPO) Guidelines for Examination came into force. James Richardson-Bullock and Matt Devine summarise the EPO’s recent update to the Guidelines.
Article \ 31 Mar 2022
When testing your invention can invalidate your patent
In some cases testing your invention can invalidate your patent. AJ Park experts John Foulkes and Wes Jones highlight two cases where patents were challenged on the grounds of prior disclosure including prior use.
Article \ 25 Mar 2022
Explained: The Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court
On 19 January 2022 the Unified Patent Court (UPC) entered its provisional application period. This period is expected to last approximately eight months and signals the formal start of preparations for establishing the UPC as a functioning body. This would include the appointment and training of judges, finalising the rules and procedures and trialling the numerous IT systems.
Article \ 15 Mar 2022
IPONZ decision revisits the Swiss-type format and double patenting in…
The recent Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) decision in Taiho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.  NZIPOPAT 1 (Taiho) provides further guidance for applicants seeking patent protection for a new medical use in New Zealand. The decision also appears to signal the end of objections to a form of double-patenting in New Zealand that has ancient roots.