TPP: IT Professionals re-raise Software Patent concerns

Press Release – Institute of IT Professionals Ian Taylor, President of New Zealands largest IT representative body The Institute of IT Professionals NZ and CEO of Dunedin tech firm Animation Research Ltd, has written to Trade Minister Tim Groser re-raising concerns about the possible impact of TPP …Trans Pacific Partnership: IT Professionals re-raise concerns about Software Patents PRESS RELEASE – Institute of IT Professionals NZ Inc 12 August 2015, For Immediate Release Ian Taylor, President of New Zealand’s largest IT representative body The Institute of IT Professionals NZ and CEO of Dunedin tech firm Animation Research Ltd, has written to Trade Minister Tim Groser re-raising concerns about the possible impact of TPP on the technology industry. In the letter, Taylor made the point that the IT industry was now not just an industry of itself, but underpinned the innovations occurring across the economy. IT has experienced huge growth in recent years which was set to continue, and matters impacting technology had a flow-on impact to all industries; including those at the heart of today’s economy such as wool, meat and dairy. Recent commentary has suggested that New Zealand’s position removing the patentability of software, the result of Patents Act reforms in 2013, might be under threat due to TPP. Software Patents are seen by many within the industry as a major threat to innovation. “We’re an export-driven sector, so...

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