Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Minister Marks World Intellectual Property Day

April 26 2002

Seminars and writing competitions are among several activities being organised to mark World Intellectual Property Day and to highlight the importance of intellectual property in an innovative, creative and growing economy, Associate Minister of Commerce Laila Harré said today.

She today highlighted the work of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in promoting an efficient enforcement system for intellectual property rights on World Intellectual Property Day. (26 April 2002).

“Today is the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s second World Intellectual Property day. The theme for today’s activities is encouraging creativity.

“This is exactly the thinking behind the government’s growth and innovation framework. Today is an excellent opportunity to think about the importance of intellectual property regulation to innovation.”

Laila Harré said the government had a number of important initiatives underway to ensure that New Zealand’s intellectual property framework was effective and up to date. These included:

 A review of the implications of digital technology for copyright. The government has been consulting widely on this issue and is in the process of considering the wide range of submissions received from interested parties;
 Reviews of both the Patents Act 1953 and the Plant Varieties Act 1987. The government has recently released two discussion papers on these Acts, inviting comment from interested parties. The closing date for submissions on both papers is 26 July 2002.
 A Trade Marks Bill to modernise the Trade Marks Act 1953 is currently before Parliament.

To mark World Intellectual Property Day, the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) has organised a number of events to improve awareness of intellectual property rights within the community. These include:
 An essay competition for tertiary institutions and a short story/poetry competition for secondary schools ($2000 worth of prizes donated by the New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys);
 An open day at the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) in Lower Hutt.
 A seminar entitled “Protect Your Ideas” to be held at Massey and Victoria universities

Laila Harré noted the importance of raising public awareness of intellectual property rights as a means of combating the theft of intellectual property, an issue of growing concern.

But raising awareness was not simply a matter for government, she said. Rightholders themselves had an important role to play. In this regard, the Minister noted the example of the music industry, which had actively sought to educate the public about CD piracy.

Contact: Claire Hall, press secretary, (040 471-9902 or 021 270 9001


Attachments:

Background Information on:
 World Intellectual Property Organisation
 Ministry of Economic Development discussion papers
 Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand

Background Information for World Intellectual Property Day

World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) is an international organisation dedicated to promoting the use and protection of intellectual property. It also helps to ensure that the rights of creators and owners of intellectual property are protected throughout the world.

With headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, WIPO is one of the 16 specialised agencies of the United Nations system. It administers 23 international treaties dealing with different aspects of intellectual property protection. The Organisation counts 178 nations as member states representing over 90 per cent of the world's countries - a reflection of the importance and relevance attached to the work of the Organisation. New Zealand became a member of WIPO on 20 June 1984. More information on WIPO can be found on the Internet at: http://www.wipo.int/

Recently released Ministry of Economic Development discussion papers

The Ministry of Economic Development is responsible for policy relating to the protection of intellectual property and New Zealand representation in international intellectual property fora including WIPO. Discussion documents recently released by the Ministry are listed below. The Internet link to the document is also provided.
 Review of the Patents Act 1953: Boundaries to Patentability
http://www.med.govt.nz/buslt/int_prop/patentsreview/index.html
Submissions close 26 July 2002

 Review of the Plant Variety Rights Act 1987
http://www.med.govt.nz/buslt/int_prop/plantvarietyreview/index.html
Submissions close 26 July 2002

 Performers’ Rights: A Discussion Paper
http://www.med.govt.nz/buslt/int_prop/performers/index.html

 Digital Technology and the Copyright Act 1994: A Discussion Paper
http://www.med.govt.nz/buslt/int_prop/digital/index.html

Other discussion papers and media releases relating to intellectual property issues can be found on the Ministry’s website at: http://www.med.govt.nz/buslt/int_prop.html

Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ)

Further information about IPONZ can be obtained from their website at: http://www.iponz.govt.nz

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election