On Wed, 2005-03-23 at 08:49 +1200, Gavin Denby wrote:
The public comment period for proposed amendments to
the Patents Act
expired on March 11, “so a meeting is now the best way we have of
communicating with the politicians and telling them what the issues
are,” says NZOSS president Peter Harrison.
I'm afraid even that deadline was a little late. I looked into this at
the start of March.
The deadline for public submissions on reviewing NZ's patent policy was
26 July, 2002. This recent deadline (11 March, 2005) was for public
submissions on the draft legislation that they have written up, ie to
say whether or not the draft legislation matches up to/implements the
findings of the review. I think it is a bit late to be making
submissions on exactly what is/isn't patentable.
Quote from the Ministry of Economic Development:
"The purpose of consulting on the draft Bill is not to repeat
or re-open the policy development process. Rather, it is an
acknowledgement that the detail of patent legislation can have
important implications for those that deal with the patent system."
This is all online:
Read this to see what the policy review thinks about software patents:
It doesn't look good.