New Zealand patent law has been overhauled with the passing of the new Patents Act in August. The legislation won’t come into force until sometime next year but, when it does, it will be the biggest shakeup in New Zealand’s intellectual property landscape in more than 50 years.

Patent publication is often the first sign of new technology initiatives. Patents are usually published well before the technology is commercialised. Searching intellectual property databases is an effective way of learning where others in your industry are heading. AJ Park patent experts Anton Blijlevens and Jillian Lim touch on some of the interesting patents to look out for on the shelves.