Patents Amendment Act Commencement Order 1994


Patents Amendment Act Commencement Order 1994


This order is administered in the Ministry of Commerce.

PURSUANT to section 1(2) of the Patents Amendment Act 1994, Her Excellency the Governor-General, acting by and with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, hereby makes the following order.

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  • This order may be cited as the Patents Amendment Act Commencement Order 1994.

2 Commencement of Patents Amendment Act 1994


Clerk of the Executive Council.

Explanatory note

This note is not part of the order, but is intended to indicate its general effect.

This order brings into force, on 1 January 1995, the Patents Amendment Act 1994. The Act and a number of other Acts that also come into force on 1 January 1995 give effect to provisions of the various trade agreements that form part of the Agreement establishing the World Trade Organization. The Act implements provisions of the Uruguay Round Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (the TRIPS Agreement).

The principal amendments relate to the extension of the term of patents from 16 to 20 years, the circumstances in which compulsory licences may be granted, and the use by the Crown of patented inventions.

Issued under the authority of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989.

Date of notification in Gazette: 21 December 1994.