New Zealand Bill Threatens Patent Practitioners

Law360, New York (November 5, 2003, 12:00 AM EST) -- A bill before the New Zealand Parliament's Justice and Electoral Committee threatens the livelihood of practicing patent attorneys without law degrees, the Independent Business Weekly reported Wednesday.

In 2002, the New Zealand cabinet ruled that multi-disciplinary partnerships of patent attorneys and lawyers should not be allowed.

The "closed shop" provision in the Lawyers and Conveyancers Bill makes it an offence for any person, other than a lawyer operating in a law firm environment, to offer legal services. The bill would force patent attorneys in multi-disciplinary partnerships...
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