Pipers issues a bulletin on a monthly basis providing a summary of recent developments in intellectual property law and practice in Australasia and other key countries and regions such as USA, UK, Europe and Asia. Below are links to articles in the latest bulletin. Previous issues can be accessed via the left pane navigation.
Contents Summary of Latest Bulletin
Feedback Sought on Proposed R&D Tax Incentive Package
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has released discussion documents regarding a Research and Development tax incentive package that is intended to take effect in April 2019.
Partial Priority Held to Also Apply to Determination of the First Application for Priority Purposes
In Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc v Pfizer Inc the EPO Boards of Appeal held that the concept of partial priority also applies in the context of deciding whether an application from which priority is claimed is the first application for priority purposes.
UK Ratifies the UPC Agreement
On World IP Day the 26th April 2018 the UK ratified the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPC Agreement), being the sixteenth state to do so.
Introduction of Second Tier Patents Possible for New Zealand
On 5th April 2018 the Member’s Bill Patents (Advancement Patents) Amendment Bill was drawn on its first ballot. It appears to have only been deposited in the ballot after confirmation that the Australian Government is undertaking further consultation before deciding whether or not to implement the Productivity Commission’s recommendation to abolish their innovation patent system.
Australia Considers Pro's and Con's of Hague Agreement
IP Australia is seeking input on an economic analysis regarding the economic costs and benefits to Australia of joining the Hague Agreement for designs. The economic analysis is intended to form part of the evidence base on whether Australia should join the Hague Agreement.