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New Zealand Wraps Up Review of Patent Law

Law360 (October 13, 2003, 12:00 AM EDT) -- New Zealand's government has unveiled its final set of proposals to overhaul the country's 50-year old Patents Act, Asian Legal Business reported on Monday.

Among the planned measures are proposals to ban patents on diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical methods.

Some of the issues that have been under review are the definition of invention, Maori concerns about the patentability of life forms, patents for business methods and computer software and the stringency test for patentability, according to Baldwin Shelston Waters, a multi-disciplinary intellectual property practice

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