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New Zealand plans for software patents create confusion

Peter Ollier, London

The New Zealand government is set to refuse to grant patents for computer programs but will use IP office regulations to allow patents for software embedded in hardware

IP owners and advisers say the move has created uncertainty about what is and is not patentable.

The new plan for software patents is the result of the government’s reluctance to further amend its patent laws. Instead, the IP Office...

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