Tag Archives: Doug Calhoun

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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Gene patents in Australia – an ongoing saga


By guest blogger Doug Calhoun In an earlier guest blog I commented on the gene patent debate inAustralia.  My conclusion then was that the opponents were a determined lot.  That observation has been reinforced by yet another initiative in the … Continue reading

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ACC and Ministry of Health: winners in patent battle over computerised healthcare information ‘connectivity’ invention


By guest blogger, Doug Calhoun Throughout the debate on the patenting of software, a battle has been quietly percolating under the radar over a NZ patent application (NZ525001) that has touched upon just about every issue in the software patent … Continue reading

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Optimising autoimmune treatment patent invalid: a ‘Law of Nature’ is not a law passed by Congress


By guest blogger Doug Calhoun On 20 March the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued a decision unanimously allowing an appeal by the Mayo Clinic and declaring invalid two patents that a lower court had found Mayo to … Continue reading

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The Patents Bill: Please leave it alone until the super ministry is sorted


Guest blog by Doug Calhoun The new Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, which will combine Economic Development, Science and Innovation, Labour, and Building and Housing, attracted the usual headlines about job losses and efficiency dividends: (see here). But beyond … Continue reading

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Science embraced: patent policy merits a brief mention


Another guest blog by IP mentor, Doug Calhoun The McGuinness Institute is to be congratulated on its exhaustive analysis of science in New Zealand, “Report 9: Science Embraced: Government-funded Science Under the Microscope”: The report will no doubt generate considerable … Continue reading

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