AI and Patents, are we ready?

It didn’t seem that long ago that people were talking about Artificial intelligence or AI, as something futuristic, or another generation away. Not anymore. AI is rapidly infiltrating many aspects of our lives with automated assistants, smart devices, driverless cars, toys, and more.
While there are seemingly limitless benefits of AI, there is high-level concern about AI’s impact on people and jobs. Research group Gartner predicted that by as early as next year more than 3 million workers globally will be supervised by a “robo-boss.” There is no denial that this technology is creating such unprecedented disruption that governments, companies and […]

December 12th, 2017|

Three honours in one month!

September is proving to be another great month for CreateIP with not one, but three new accolades for IP excellence to add to the trophy shelf.
The first surprise was learning that, for the fifth consecutive year, we have again made it to the finals of the highly prestigious NZ Law Awards in the Intellectual Property Specialist Law Firm of the Year category.

The second was finding out that we achieved top rankings for both Patent Prosecution and Patent Contentious categories in the Asia IP 2017 Patent Survey! Only 10 New Zealand firms can secure this top 10 ranking.

Finally, Rachel Colley will feature […]

September 22nd, 2017|

Rachel Colley earns another accolade!

Recognised in the 2017 edition of Asialaw Leading Lawyers
Hot on the heels of her welcome into the World Intellectual Property Review’s WIPR Leaders club as a trade mark specialist, our very own Rachel Colley has been recognised yet again.

She has been named as a leading lawyer for IP in New Zealand in the 2017 edition of Asialaw Leading Lawyers – a Euromoney publication.

The publication features the leading lawyers in 18 practice areas in 24 jurisdictions. It is the result of an extensive online survey at the end of 2016, which asked in-house counsel and private practitioners to nominate up to […]

July 7th, 2017|

IP takeaways from BIO 2017

The world of unknowns and patent best practice
Shayne and I recently attended the hugely popular BIO 2017 convention in San Diego, where over 16,000 attendees associated with the life sciences industry share their ideas and innovations.

Besides the social side of the conference (which included entering a 5k charity fun run dressed as a kiwi!), BIO was a great chance for us to re-connect with all the overseas IP professionals we work with, and to make new contacts.

One of the nice things about being a patent attorney is that we all speak a similar global ‘IP language’ albeit with country specific […]

July 5th, 2017|

CreateIP earns respected IAM and WIPR recognitions

We’re pleased to announce that CreateIP partners, Robert Snoep and Rachel Colley, have been recognised as amongst the world’s leading IP professionals 2017 in two of the world’s leading IP guides – the IAM Patent 1000 and WIPR Leaders.
CreateIP founder, Robert Snoep, was named in the Intellectual Asset Management­ IAM Patent 1000 as one of the top patent specialists in the world. It is universally acknowledged as the definitive guide to leading patent lawyers, attorneys and firms in over 40 jurisdictions.

IAM’s recognition reads: “In operation since 2009, CreateIP is a refreshing option for clients and a firm that challenges conventional […]

June 8th, 2017|

CreateIP finalist in NZ Law Awards 2016

We’re delighted that, for the fourth year in a row, we have made the finals of the New Zealand Law Awards in the Intellectual Property Specialist Law Firm of the Year category.

The winners will be announced at the 12th annual New Zealand Law Awards on Thursday 17 November at The Langham hotel in Auckland.

We wish all the very best of luck to all the finalists.

September 19th, 2016|

Negotiating China’s new IP landscape

Rachel Colley of CreateIP shares four key strategies that a company wishing to access the China market can implement to best protect itself, and pre-empt IP issues.

2015 has seen the influence and importance of China continue to increase, and the case for having a presence in the Chinese market grows more compelling every day. Yet entry into China still scares a number of international companies. IP theft is perceived as being rife and doubts as to fair treatment in the country’s legal systems are some of the barriers to foreign companies.
However, China is on track to transition from a nation […]

February 23rd, 2016|

Law Awards 2015 Medal

CreateIP is delighted to announce that for the third year running, it is a finalist in the ‘Intellectual Property Specialist Law Firm Of The Year’ award at the 2015 New Zealand Law Awards. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony taking place in Auckland on 17 November 2015. Fingers crossed and watch this space!

October 23rd, 2015|

D’Arcy v Myriad Genetics Inc & Anor

D’Arcy v Myriad Genetics Inc & Anor: Australian High Court rules that isolated genetic material is not patentable subject matter.

In a reversal of the previous decision of the Federal Court of Australia, the High Court of Australia (highest Australian court) ruled on 7 October 2015 that isolated genetic material coding for a polypeptide (in the form of DNA or RNA) is not patentable subject matter (

The judgment held that an isolated nucleic acid coding for the BRCA1 protein with specific variations indicative of breast and ovarian cancer (as claimed in claims 1-3 of Australian Patent No. 686004) does not fall […]

October 23rd, 2015|

Cost Savings Available From Prepaying Patent Renewal Fees

As you may know from our previous updates, the NZ Patents Act 2013 commences on 13 September 2014.  An important aspect of the change is a new patentrenewal fee structure.

At present, it is only necessary to renew New Zealand patents at the 4th, 7th, 10th and 13th anniversaries. From 13 September, patents will have renewal fees due annually starting in Year 4.

But patent holders could take advantage of a cost saving opportunity by pre-paying future renewal fees before the Act comes into force.

The table below illustrates a cost comparison for one patent between the renewal fees under the current Act versus the new Act (including […]

September 29th, 2014|