Improved process for Trans-Tasman patents announced

Federal Innovation Minister, Senator Kim Carr, and the New Zealand Commerce Minister, Simon Power have announced a plan aimed to deliver a single application process for both countries by early 2013, and a single patent examination by June 2014.

According to the Ministers, a single patent application and examination process for both countries will make it easier for businesses to protect their intellectual property in both countries.

Australian Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said the single examination process made sense because most of the applications filed in New Zealand are also filed in Australia.

"By removing potential barriers we're trying to create a seamless trans-Tasman business environment and making it easier to conduct business in both countries," Mr Power said.

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