[A2k] current situation with software patents in New Zealand

Susan Chalmers susan at internetnz.net.nz
Tue Feb 5 15:21:32 PST 2013

Greetings, all.

For those who are interested in software patents, the below article
provides a good overview of the current situation in New Zealand. At one
in the proposed Patents Bill (still a Bill), computer programmes were
expressly excluded. The Minister of Commerce, subsequently issued a
Supplementary Order Paper introducing language that would make that express
exclusion less, well, express.

Clause 10a of the supplementary order paper 120 was amended to read:
"..prevents anything from being an invention for the purposes of this Act
only to the extent that a patent or an application relates to a computer
program as such"


InternetNZ responded with like-minded organisations in a letter (attached
herewith) proposing a nuanced version of the amended language.

I'd particularly interested in hearing from anyone on this list who has
experience in this aspect of EU patent law. Please feel free to respond off



Susan Chalmers
Policy Lead

PO Box 11-881
Manners St
Wellington 6142
+64 4 495 2339
susan at internetnz.net.nz

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