InternetNZ is aiming to have its patent research website up and running before Christmas.
The site will provide a forum for research and discussion of IT-related patents and patent applications. Higgins says the data will be available for public access, but a system that emails notification messages will be limited to InternetNZ members. The notification service allows users to specify the types of patents they wish to be notified of.
The patent advisory group was established after a Canadian company, DE Technologies, contacted local e-tailers demanding licensing fees for an e-commerce patent. The group has also examined patent applications from Amazon.com for its controversial “one-click” patent, and from Auckland company E-mmediate Delivery Company for an e-commerce patent.