6 Officers and employees of Patent Office not to acquire interest in any patent or prepare specifications
  • (1) Every officer and employee of the Patent Office shall be incapable, during the period for which he holds his appointment and for 1 year thereafter, of applying in New Zealand for a patent or of acquiring directly or indirectly, except under a will or on an intestacy, any right or interest in any patent granted or to be granted in New Zealand.

    (2) Every officer and employee of the Patent Office commits an offence, and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $100, if, during the period for which he holds his appointment and for 1 year thereafter, he applies in any country other than New Zealand for a patent or acquires directly or indirectly, except under a will or on an intestacy, any right or interest in any patent granted or to be granted in any country other than New Zealand.

    (3) Every officer and employee of the Patent Office commits an offence, and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $40, if, outside the scope of his official duties, he drafts or prepares a specification or drawing or any part of a specification or drawing or makes a search of the records of the Patent Office for the use or information of any applicant or intending applicant for a patent under this Act.

    (4) Nothing in subsections (1) and (2) shall prevent any former officer or employee of the Patent Office who is practising as a solicitor or patent attorney from lawfully carrying out, within the period of 1 year specified in those subsections, any function that is merely incidental to that practice.

    Compare: 1947 No 37 s 4

    Section 6(2): amended, on 1 July 2013, by section 413 of the Criminal Procedure Act 2011 (2011 No 81).

    Section 6(3): amended, on 1 July 2013, by section 413 of the Criminal Procedure Act 2011 (2011 No 81).