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Patent Filing in New Zealand

New Zealand is a member of the Patent co-operation Treaty and Paris Convention. Patent applications can be filed in New Zealand through the PCT route or by filing directly as a conventional application.

Term of the Patent: 20 years from the filing date

Patent Office: New Zealand Intellectual Property Office


Paradigm to obtain a patent in New Zealand:-
  • Patent Filing
  • Publication
  • Formal examination within 36 months from date of filing
  • Compliance with the Office action either with written statement or hearing
  • Acceptance(notice of allowance) or rejection
  • Payment of final taxes an title
  • From the grant date renewal fees are payable at the beginning of the fourth, seventh, tenth and thirteenth years.
Documents required for filing of Patent Application in New Zealand

1. PCT National phase application

  • WIPO Publication
  • International Search Report
  • International Preliminary Examination Report (optional)
  • English translation if application was not in English language
  • Power of Attorney

2. Convention Application under Paris Convention

  • Complete specification
  • Drawings (if any)
  • Abstract
  • Certified copy of the priority document (s)
  • English translation of the priority documents
  • Assignment if applicant is differ from the inventor
  • Power of attorney
  • Combined Authorization of Agent and Declaration (of the Applicant’s entitlement) can be filed.
  • Timeline for entry into National phase in New Zealand is 31 months
  • Timeline for filing a conventional application in New Zealand is 12 months