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Why Australasia should be on your patent radar

Press Release – James and Wells Why Australasia should be on your patent radar Although Australasia may traditionally be regarded as a relatively small market, 30 million people is still a sizable market with a multitude of funding and investment opportunities. For some reason Australasia …Why Australasia should be on your patent radar Although Australasia may traditionally be regarded as a relatively small market, 30 million people is still a sizable market with a multitude of funding and investment opportunities. For some reason Australasia slips off the radar when it comes to filing patent applications, particularly by foreign companies, but James & Wells intellectual property (IP) experts Zhi Ling Zeng and Jason Rogers confirm that it should definitely be on the patent radar for overseas applicants. “Traditionally, both New Zealand and Australia are seen as being relatively small markets – not justifying the patent spend,” Zhi Ling says. “We, however, beg to differ. Australasia has always presented a number of unique opportunities which are not to be overlooked by local or overseas applicants.” The four reasons James & Wells experts recommend patent applicants include New Zealand and Australia in their strategy are: • The “game changer” Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will make New Zealand a more attractive destination • Australia and New Zealand are sophisticated developed western economies free of corruption • Both countries offer significant government funding and investment...

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Post Cabinet Press Conference: Australia and Auckland

Article – Robert Kelly The Prime Minister began todays press conference by saying that Christchurch and its people were in his thoughts. He said that while the quakes on the 14th on February were clearly unsettling, residents can take comfort in how well Christchurch … Post Cabinet Press Conference: Australia and Auckland Robert Kelly The Prime Minister began today’s press conference by saying that Christchurch and its people were in his thoughts. He said that while the quakes on the 14th on February were clearly unsettling, “residents can take comfort” in how well Christchurch is being rebuilt. Key answered many questions about his upcoming talks with Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull. He stated that while the New Zealand offer to take 150 refugees from Australian camps within the 750 quota still stood, Australia had not yet said yes to that. Key said that he considered it the “sensible and compassionate thing to do” but that the ball was in Australia’s court. He said it was likely discussions would take place with Turnbull about the progress in Camp Taji in Iraq. Key said it is not his intention to send the New Zealand SAS into Iraq. On Auckland Housing the Prime Minister was reluctant to discuss specifics of the debate around intensification. He stressed that the Unitary Plan was the Auckland Council’s rather than the National Party’s. Key dodged a...

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Trade Minister Robb shoots the messenger

Press Release – AFTINET Trade Minister Robb today rejected calls from 59 community organisations representing over two million Australians for an independent assessment by the Productivity Commission on ABC national radio this morning. He claimed that the broad alliance of public … February 4, 2016 Trade Minister Robb shoots the messenger, refuses independent TPP assessment Trade Minister Robb today rejected calls from 59 community organisations representing over two million Australians for an independent assessment by the Productivity Commission on ABC national radio this morning. He claimed that the broad alliance of public health, church, environment, aid and development and union organisations were just ‘the usual suspects opposed to all trade agreements’ “. AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said that Mr. Robb was shooting the messenger, and failing to address genuine community concerns, also expressed by bodies like the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Productivity Commission. “The TPP locks in stronger monopoly rights for global corporations over medicines and copyright, and gives all foreign investors special additional rights to sue governments over domestic laws. This is the opposite of free trade,” said Dr Ranald. “We are not opposed to trade. We are making the point that the TPP is not mainly about trade at all. Australia already has free trade agreements with nine of the 12 TPP countries, and a World Bank study shows there will be minuscule...

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PM’s Post-Cabinet Press Conference 2/2/16: Waitangi And TPP

Article – Lyndon Hood PM’s Post-Cabinet Press Coference 2/2/16: Waitangi And TPP Again, But More So Click for big version. PM’s Post-Cabinet Press Conference 2/2/16: Waitangi And TPP Again, But More So Click for big version. Prime Minister John Key today said his office has received an invitation for him to visit the Lower Marae on Waitangi Day, but was waiting for a meeting of the Te Tii Marae Trustees tonight. Media reports have indicated a Ngapuhi meeting voted not to invite the PM but local hapu said he should be welcomed. The debate comes after controversy over the TPP agreement’s effect on treaty rights and whether Maori were adequately consulted in the deal’s negotiation. Mr Key said protocol considered the Lower Marae the gateway to the Treaty Grounds, so if he was not invited he would not visit Waitangi at all. He would also not attend if he could not speak and was unwilling to accept limitation on his speech. On the TPP Key reiterated the expected trade benefits, which he said were likely understated in official projections. Responding to reports on US negoiators, he said New Zealand was against extending patent terms for biologics beyond the agreed limits. Other matters included Labour’s distinction between parts of the TPP enabling legislation and the trade treaty itself, a letter of support Tony Abbott wrote on a possibly Helen Clark...

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Tans-Pacific trade deal a hard sell for PM Turnbull

Press Release – AFTINET Prime Minister Turnbull faces an uphill battle convincing members of the U.S. Congress to support legislation for the TPP, given recent studies which show negligible or negative impacts from the TPP on the Australian and US economies, and threats …January 18, 2016 Tans-Pacific trade deal a hard sell for PM Turnbull in Washington “Prime Minister Turnbull faces an uphill battle convincing members of the U.S. Congress to support legislation for the TPP, given recent studies which show negligible or negative impacts from the TPP on the Australian and US economies, and threats to environmental laws,” Dr Patricia Ranald, Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network said today. The US Ambassador to Australia has asked Mr Turnbull to lobby members of Congress in support of the TPP legislation to be considered by Congress later this year. “It is extraordinary that the US administration is asking other governments to put the case for the TPP,” said Doctor Ranald. “This is because strong popular opposition to the TPP in the US has resulted in Democrat and Republican presidential candidatescondemning the TPP, and key members of Congress committees have predicted that Congress will not even vote on TPP implementing legislation until after the presidential elections.” Dr Ranald said that economic studies released in January from the World Bank and Tufts University have shown that TPP economic impacts...

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