Patent Filing in New Zealand


New Zealand is a global Innovation hub. Below, you’ll find a quick guide for the filing routes, procedures, and fees for patent filing in New Zealand.

Patent Filing in New Zealand
Patent Filing in New Zealand

Patent Filing in New Zealand – The Options

Seeking a patent in New Zealand? You may use the following routes:

1.     Direct Filing with the New Zealand IP Office (IPONZ)

  • With this route, you can file a patent application with the New Zealand IP Office (IPONZ)
  • If you receive a grant, it shall be valid only in New Zealand.

2.     International Filing via Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)

3.     International Filing via Paris Convention

  • This option is similar to PCT. Hence, the Paris Convention allows simultaneous multi-country filing.
  • Paris Convention has 177 Contracting States and is also administered by WIPO.
  • However, the granting of a patent in New Zealand remains under the control of the IPONZ.
  • The Paris convention offers a relatively faster route as compared to the PCT and it is more economical.

Filing Requirements (IPONZ): Overview

The complete set of documents must include the following:

  • The Applicant’s details (Full name, address, and Nationality)
  • The inventor’s details (Full name and address)
  • Complete specification including:
    • Title
    • Description
    • Claim or claims to the invention
    • Abstract
  • Drawings (if any)
  • Address of legal service in New Zealand or Australia.
  • Appointment of a patent agent, when required (if you don’t have a legal address in New Zealand)

For international applications, you must enter your PCT international application number so that information can be retrieved from WIPO.

Filing Options (IPONZ)

You can file your application online through IPONZ’s E-filing Portal.

Patent Fees: Overview

Action Fee
Provisional patent application $100
Complete patent application $250
Convention patent application $250
National phase entry (PCT) $250
Patent examination request $500

To know more, visit Patent Fees.


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