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Craig Foss

9 May, 2013

Minister supports NZ software innovation

Commerce Minister Craig Foss has today released a supplementary order paper (SOP) to clarify issues around the patentability of computer programmes in the Patents Bill.

“Following consultation with the NZ software and IT sector, I am pleased to be further progressing the Patents Bill with this SOP. These changes ensure the Bill is consistent with the intention of the Commerce Select Committee recommendation that computer programs should not be patentable,” says Mr Foss.

Today’s change is to codify a test set out in UK case law to provide clarification around the “as such” wording used in SOP 120 (tabled 28 August 2012).

“I would like to thank the NZ software and IT sector for their engagement over the last few months. I’m confident we’ve reached a solution where we can continue to protect genuine inventions and encourage Kiwi businesses to export and grow.

Progressing the Patents Bill is a key plank of the government’s Business Growth Agenda for supporting innovation in New Zealand. It builds on work to deliver policy reforms to create a more competitive and productive economy.

For further information, visit http://www.legislation.govt.nz/sop/government/2013/0237/latest/whole.html#DLM5187401