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Confidentiality of Communications between Clients and their Patent Advisors New Zealand National Aspects Under Section 54 of New Zealand’s Evidence Act 2006, communications between “legal advisers” and their clients are privileged. The definition of “legal adviser” in section 51(1) refers to lawyers, registered patent attorneys, and (as discussed subsequently) “overseas practitioners”. The privilege covers communications relating to the obtaining or giving of information or advice concerning intellectual property, which includes copyright and protection against unfair competition. Discovery procedure and how privilege protection operates against discovery New Zealand court trials closely resemble those of the United Kingdom and Australia. Pre-trial discovery is limited to document discovery (which is based on similar concepts of relevance to the United Kingdom) and interrogations answered on affidavit. In New Zealand, legal professional privilege is a term that applies to the protectio...