Patent group sets ball rolling

InternetNZ's new patent advisory group plans to approach a few likely candidates to join its roster.

InternetNZ’s new patent advisory group plans to approach a few likely candidates to join its roster.

The group met for the first time yesterday. Chair Jim Higgins says the meeting concentrated on administrative issues and objectives.

“We’re going to ask one or two other people if they want to come aboard so we have got a good cross-section of people and skills,” he says.

In the short term, the group is assessing DE Technologies’ patent claims against local e-tailers, and Amazon.com’s attempt to patent its “one-click” technology here.

“We’re actually at a bit of a loss to figure out where DE Technologies is at the moment,” says Higgins. “We figure there isn’t much to do at the moment until they take some action.

“But we do see that one of the tasks that the group might assume will be to pull interested parties together so that they can form some sort of response team.”

He plans to talk today with John Terry, a Wellington IP lawyer familiar with Amazon’s patent application.

InternetNZ set up the patent advisory group in late August, to share information among those affected by the DE Technologies patent, to investigate other “undesirable” patent applications, and to consider legal and policy issues.

Higgins says the group hopes to set up a monitoring system to watch patent applications as they work through the system.

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