Category Archives: Patent

Name change signals expanded ability for patent owners to leverage their IP


A name’s an important clue to how a company represents itself to the world. So, the change to IP Nexus from IP Exchange represents a business and philosophical change for the Hong Kong based but globally oriented company. Its founder … Continue reading

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Capitalising on virtual and reality


Who would’ve thought that the term Holographic Virtual Reality (TM) was still there to be taken by 8i? Equally (except we’re sort of now used to it), who would’ve thought four non-New Zealanders, who together form 8I, and who now … Continue reading

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Non-success gets a deserved recognition


A thumbs up to Lightning Lab and Wellington’s Creative HQ for celebrating non-success. That, quite deliberately, is different from describing the five of the nine companies which went through LL’s 12 week accelerator programme as failures. Earlier in the year, … Continue reading

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Bacteria detector set to scale up for food industry


I’m always a bit of a sucker for innovations and improvements that add value to our biological industries. After all, as a country we’d be fools not to play to our major strength in producing food and fibre. An innovation’s … Continue reading

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“Gene Patents”: What’s the Fuss?


By guest blogger Doug Calhoun Patent attorneys operate in a netherworld between science and law. We find it challenging to try to explain the law to scientists and the science to lawyers; and even more challenging to try to explain … Continue reading

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Software Patents: the Difference between Excluding Computer Programs as Such and Excluding Computer Programs as Such


By guest blogger Doug Calhoun The Patents Bill has had a tortuous ride through Parliament – to say the least. Introduced in 2008, it was reviewed by a select committee in 2009 and reported back in March 2010. In September … Continue reading

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Australian Gene Patent Held Valid: Patent is for Isolated Nucleic Acid, not for Information Per Se


By guest blogger Doug Calhoun In a decision: delivered on 15 February 2013, nearly a year after the oral hearing, Federal Court of Australia Justice John Nicholas held that the Myriad Genetics patent for “An isolated nucleic acid coding for … Continue reading

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The Patents Bill and the Wai 262 Report: two solitudes in search of common ground


A guest blog by Doug Calhoun In an earlier post on the Patents Bill: I mentioned that the introduction of the Bill had been delayed for 14 years because of concerns about the Wai 262 claim. Nearly fifteen months after … Continue reading

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Patents Bill Second Reading: A Software Storm in an Ideological Teacup


By guest blogger Doug Calhoun Thirty years after the Muldoon government first looked at patent law reform, a new patent law is on track to come into force by the end of 2013. This guest blogger has been involved in … Continue reading

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US Federal Appeal Court upholds gene Myriad Gene patent after referral from Supreme Court


By guest blogger Doug Calhoun A US appeals court has for a second time upheld the validity of the Myriad Genetics gene patent.  In its 16 August 2012 decision: the same judges again decided 2 to 1 in favour of … Continue reading

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