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New Zealand SMBs Seek Government Aid In Foreign IP Litigation

Law360 (November 23, 2003, 12:00 AM EST) -- Manufacturers in Wellington, New Zealand are holding a meeting on December to voice their concerns about foreign intellectual-property violations and ask the government to consider helping financially with overseas patent defenses, the Sunday Star Times reported.

Smaller enterprises are concerned that patent litigation in foreign markets is too costly for all but the largest manufacturing firms. They hope to persuade the government agency Trade & Enterprise New Zealand to underwrite legal actions on a case-by-case basis, according to the Sunday Star Times.

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