Mar 092016
 

NewZealandNew Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (Link)
Submissions are due by 5pm on Wednesday, 30 March 2016
Submission template (MS Word)
Discussion paper (PDF)

Summary: On 9 March 2016, the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs announced the release of a consultation document that seeks feedback on how the Government proposes to implement the intellectual property changes required to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement.

The consultation document focuses on those areas where New Zealand has some flexibility in how it implements its TPP intellectual property obligations. These include:

  • a revised regime for the protections of technological protection measures
  • a more extensive regime for performers’ rights
  • patent term extensions to compensate for any unreasonable delays in patent grants
  • patent term extensions to compensate for any unreasonable delay as a result of Medsafe’s marketing approval process
  • new powers for Customs to detain goods that are suspected of infringing copyright or trade marks.

How to Make a Submission

  • Submissions on the consultation document are due by 5pm on 30 March 2016.
  • Please email your submissions to tpp.ip.policy@mbie.govt.nz.
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