Welcome to Licencing Executives Society (LES) – New Zealand chapter

Merry Christmas everyone, welcome to our December newsletter.

This year has been a challenging year for many, I’d like to thank our talented guest speakers, plus the LESANZ committee members - Wilson Huang, Roz Murray, Christine Egan and Katie Wei - for successfully pivoting our planned in-person events to an online format.

Earlier in the year, the LESANZ committee set a New Year’s Resolution to deliver six educational events to our LESANZ community. I’m proud to say the committee achieved this goal and our most recent event, Commercialisation from a Māori Perspective, drew in 77 audience members from 11 different regions. 

This month’s newsletter covers:

  • Summary of the IPONZ & Clarivate: Patterns & trends in NZ patent activities; with links to supplementary resources

  • Recap of our latest event, Commercialisation from a Māori Perspective

  • Insight article: Current Trends in Indigenous Research across Australia, NZ and the Pacific Region

  • February workshop: IP enforcement: Issues faced and lessons learned, 3rd February 2022

  • Save the date: LESANZ annual conference, 4-6 April 2022


We are now underway in planning 2022 events. If you have a specific topic of interest that you’d like us cover; or wish to give us feedback, please email [email protected].

We wish you all a relaxing summer break. See you in 2022!

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Event summary: IPONZ & Clarivate: Patterns & trends in NZ patent activities

LESANZ hosted  this bite-sized IP Webinar on 10 November 2021. Our keynote speakers, Gaby Cowcill (Manager of Patents and Designs, IPONZ) and Nick Solomon (ANZ IP Solution Consultant, Clarivate), discussed the latest findings in IPONZ's commissioned report, Survey of NZ's Patent Activity. 

Key highlights and learnings included:

  • From 2013-2019, there was a dramatic decline in NZ’s patent publications. This is reflective of the international trends seen in Australia and Europe.

  • In NZ, the patent activity from the academic sector, such as universities and Crown Research Institutes, file twice the rate compared to other NZ entities. The academic sector habitually file patents in Australia and USA to protect commercial interests and tech transfer opportunities.

  • NZ domestic patent applicants file heavily in agriculture and food, industrial engineering, and civil engineering sectors. This pattern of implies that NZ patent activity focuses on primary industries, with a specific specialisation in food products.

  • Generally, NZ entities appear to have little interest in filing for patent protection in Asia Pacific outside of Australia. Conversely, Japan, South Korea and China are the fastest growing source of foreign NZ patent applications.

  • The majority of patents filed by foreign entities in NZ are pharmaceutical companies.

If you wish to learn more, below are the recommended supplementary resources:

Event summary: Commercialisation from a Māori Perspective

Held on 23 November 2021, this online seminar provided insight into aspects of the commercialisation ecosystem from a Māori perspective. Our keynote speakers Grace Thomas-Edmond (Principal, AJ Park), Kevin Shedlock (Assistant Lecturer, Te Herenga Waka University of Victoria Wellington) and Dale Clareburt (CEO, Weirdly) shared their experiences regarding the protection of indigenous intellectual property, the data inclusion of individuals from underrepresented groups and the engagement of indigenous communities in the commercialisation process.

Insight article: Current Trends in Indigenous Research across Australia, NZ and the Pacific Region

Clarivate’s “The state of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori and Pacific Peoples” research highlights the current trends in indigenous research across Australia, NZ and the Pacific region; and looked at academics, affiliate institutions and regions that are contributing to indigenous research. The report also evaluated the new Australian and NZ Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC) codes that classifies indigenous research.

Key findings include:

  • Indigenous research makes up 1% of the total research produced by NZ and Australia.

  • Between 2010-2019, the volume of indigenous research has almost doubled.

  • NZ produced a larger number of research outputs in indigenous research than any individual Australian state.

  • However, when looking at the proportion of high impact research, NZ’s research on indigenous populations performed less well than the research produced by any one Australian state.

  • The Universities of Auckland, Sydney and Otago have produced the largest libraries of research by volume and have received more citations for their publications than any other organizations.

Read the report here; [Link: https://clarivate.com/news/clarivate-report-highlights-current-trends-in-indigenous-research-across-australia-new-zealand-and-the-pacific-region/ ]

IP enforcement: Issues faced and lessons learned, February 2022

A reflection on issues faced and lessons learned through enforcing IP rights in China, Australia, US and Europe, and a discussion on steps that companies can take to effectively prepare for IP enforcement.

The workshop will be led by Nikki Kahn - a registered patent attorney, IP lawyer and all-round IP enthusiast. She lived in China for several years as the In-house Counsel/IP Manager for ZURU Toys, litigated patents for DLA Piper in Australia, and returned to New Zealand to head the IP function across Fisher & Paykel Technologies’ New Zealand and Chinese operations.  Her experience with a range of business cultures, disciplines and industries has given Nikki a unique and pragmatic perspective on implementing and executing commercially useful IP strategies.

Save the date: LESANZ Annual Conference, 4-6 April 2022

The 2022 conference, New Horizons: Creating the Future, will feature international and Australasian keynote speakers to discuss IP strategy and protection. Session themes include agritech, sports science, space technologies, health science and biotechnology. Further details to come soon. For conference updates, visit www.lesanz.org.au for more detail.

Missed a past event?

LESANZ is building an educational library with recordings from past Australian and New Zealand workshops. Be sure to log into the "Communities" Section of the website and subscribe to this group to see when a new video becomes available or view the current ones.

 

Upcoming New Zealand events

IP enforcement:
Issues faced and lessons learned,
3rd February 2022

A reflection on issues faced
and lessons learned through
enforcing IP rights in China,
Australia, US and Europe, and
a discussion on steps that
companies can take to
effectively prepare for IP enforcement.

 

 Licensing Year in Review

 March 2022 -tbc

 

 

 

 

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Grace Thomas-Edmond Principal at
AJ Park
presenting our November webinar.