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6th April - Wired News - Dodgy Patents Rile Tech Industry
24 October - NZ Computerworld "Spotlight falls on further e-commerce patent" The PAG discussion
17 October 2003 - NZ Computerworld - "Common APEC patents tipped" This seems even worse than having an outdated law...!
14 October 2003 - We need your help - See the New 1-Click Page for details
8 October 2003 - The ball remains in DET's hands - nothing has been heard from DET or JAWS by the effected parties.
23 September:- The PAG had a face to face meeting and worked through a number of agenda items. Here;s the Press Release 23 September 2003 for download.
11 September:- The PAG Group has meet - here's Computerworld NZ on the meeting
8 September:- The patent has been "sealed" in Australia and following due process Mathew and the folks have the appeal under control. InternetNZ has also set up a group and we meet this week to discuss the issue.
1 September:- The "One Click" patent application has been extended and the call for an Industry Wide body to keep a look out for similar patents is in the pipeline. Also confirmation from InternetNZ about funding an advisory group - more details soon.
28 August:- We've had contact from our American Cousins at www.FightThePatent.com and they will also be helping in the search for prior art. InternetNZ are setting up a "Patent Advisory Group" and we will keep you informed through this web site and also the InternetNZ web site.
21 August:- NZ Computerworld tells of the Proposed NZ Government Changes - and a call for action on the "one click patent" that gets granted in 9 days
14 August Update:- So is New Zealand a cheap date...? DET may think so....
12 August:- Seems to be a bit happening in Australia see this story from The Melbourne Age and last nights (August 11) 4 Corners Program from ABC raises more Patent Issues effecting NZ and Australian Healthcare
7 August:- IDG Reports that the NZ Government is to amend the existing Patent law formed in 1953 to stop patents like the DET one being granted in the future. Great stuff...!
4 August:- The battle seems joined in Australia where JAWS have contested the time extension to seal the Australian Patent. See the link on the Links and Resources page
28 July:- Computerworld has an interesting interview with Ed Pool of DET. He doesn't seem to think what he has patented isn't obvious to anyone that considered process flows.
25 July:- After many questions from concerned web site owners we have put together a "Do I Infringe...?" plain english page. Please use it with the appropriate proper legal advice. Also we are hearing that DET may be trying to amend their Australian Patent claims - we will keep you posted.
24 July:- Some worldwide entities invloved in a broader battle against software process patents (and other IT issues) have been added to the links page. Just shows that what is happening here in NZ is not an isolated case.
22 July:- JAWS have started replying to the web site owners that have contacted them. More on the listsrev.
16 July:- TV One again carried a story about this (Sorry no video yet on this) and we welcome Mathew Tutaki from Syntropy in Sydney to the fight. The Australian Media have taken this issue to heart and Mathew is also being interviewed tonight by other international news services - welcome all the new visitors - make yourselves at home.... This is a global issue - it's worth fighting for.
14th July:- TV One carried a story about the issue (TV One News Real Video). The group is working this week on getting a publicly available response to the original JAWS letter and is seeking help for all parties to register their interest or let us know what resouces are available to fight the patent - more soon.
10th July:- The NZ Herald has an update of the issue and the story is being circulated to interested parties around the NZ and global web space. Please let us know what you think in the Public Discussion area.
On the 9th July 2003 in the NZ Herald there was an article about a Canadian Company that has been granted a NZ patent (and for other countries) covering the "process" of e-commerce. Read the original NZ Herald Story Here
This site will be used to co-ordinate the response to the issue. See some background information for non patent lawyers here
Read the full Patent Here (Click the link to open a new window - click the "Patent Search" link - Enter "505284" as the patent number to serch for)
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