New Zealand Patent Act Reform to Exclude Software from Patentability




This bill changes New Zealand Patents Bill to exclude patents for computer programs that are harmful to innovation. It states that if the novel aspect of an invention is the program itself it is not an invention in regards to the Act. However, if software is deeply connected with non-general purpose hardware, they use a washing machine as an example, then it can still be patented.

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