Patent Law and Policy

An indispensable resource for anyone dealing with patent law.

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ISBN/ISSN: 9781927183830
Release Date: October 01, 2016
NZD$ 160.00


ISBN/ISSN: 9781927183984
Release Date: October 01, 2016
NZD$ 160.00
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Product description

This book addresses two core questions: what is the law in New Zealand when it comes to patents and what is the policy behind the law?

These seemingly simple questions are both complex and sometimes even unanswerable in the New Zealand context. Using Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand decisions, case law, international treaties, government documents and scholarly writings, this book examines the operations and details of the patent system.

Highlighted in the book are changes to the law introduced by the Patents Act 2013; the dearth of appellate decisions in the field; and the lack of any clear policy goals other than largely unsubstantiated references to innovation.

Patent Law and Policy indicates how gaps in the law might be filled and suggests directions that New Zealand might take in patent law and policy, in light of its particular situation as a predominantly patent-importing and small-market economy.

A must-have for practitioners, scholars and students alike, the book includes cutting edge discussion of international legal developments, Māori interests and the patent system, and trade agreements.​

Related Titles

• Frankel, Intellectual Property in New Zealand, 2nd ed, 2011
• Sumpter, Trade Marks in Practice, 3rd ed, 2015


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Table of contents


Chapter 1: The Justifications for and History of Patent law

Chapter 2: Māori, Innovation and Patents

Chapter 3: International Patent Law

Chapter 4: Subject Matter and Exclusions

Chapter 5: Patentability Criteria

Chapter 6: Selection Patents and Patents of Addition

Chapter 7: The Application Process and the Nature, Term and Ownership of the Grant

Chapter 8: Infringement and Remedies

Chapter 9: Opposition, Re-examination and Revocation

Chapter 10: Pharmaceutical Patents and Patent-Related Regulation Outside of the Patents Act

Chapter 11: Computer Software and Business Method Patents

Chapter 12: Gene-Related Patents

Appendix: Historic Relationships between New Zealand’s Patent Acts and other Jurisdictions