Story: Intellectual property law

New Zealand's first patent

New Zealand's first patent

The first patent issued in New Zealand was for flax-beating machinery. The drawings shown here illustrated the different kinds of beaters that would be used. Granted in 1861, the application by Arthur Purchas and James Ninnis described the machinery as being based on the principle of ‘percussion’, which would be applied by beaters, hammers, 'beetles' or stampers to the flax in a fresh or macerated (chewed-up) state, with or without water.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Photo-lithographs illustrating specifications of inventions. Wellington: Government Printing Office, 1874, p. 1 (B-K-1111-1)

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Susy Frankel, 'Intellectual property law - New Zealand intellectual property legislation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 September 2021)

Story by Susy Frankel, published 22 Oct 2014