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Processing timeframes for applications and correspondence

Below you will find an indication of expected turnaround timeframes for applications and correspondence filed online.

All applications receive a receipt confirming the application number and filing date within minutes.

[image] Main navigation processing timeframes .

  Patents

Applications

[image] 15 days.

Applications with a complete specification

  • 15 working days
  • For first examination report to be issued to applicant.

Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications entering the NZ national phase.

  • National phase applications are ready for examination when: the English translation document has been received and the applications have passed 31 months from the earliest priority date. See below.
  • Applications ready for examination are processed in date order based on the 31 month examination date. The table below provides the corresponding 31 months examinable date of those patents currently under initial examination.

 

 

Technology Group (31 Month Examinable Date)

Biotechnology
Chemistry
Mechanical


[image] 15 Apr 11.
[image] 26 Jan 11.
[image] 28 Jan 10.


Electrical ICT      
[image] 1 Jan 10. Calendar - ICT      

 

Correspondence

[image] 15 days.

Examination correspondence

  • 15 working days

[image] Calendar - 1.

Customer Account Authorisation

  • 1 working day
[image] Calendar - 2.

Notice of opposition

  • 2 working days

[image] 15 days.

Assignment

  • 15 working days

[image] 1 day.

Certificates of Commissioner

  • 1 working day
[image] 1 day.

Change of agent, name or address

  • 1 working day

  Trade Marks

Applications

[image] 5 days.

Search and / or Preliminary Applications

  • 5 working days
[image] 15 days.

Initial trade mark applications

  • 15 working days

Correspondence

[image] 15 days.

Relating to substantive issues (sections 17,18 and 25)

  • 15 working days
[image] 15 days.

Relating to series, classification, formality and / or other issues (sections 5, 21-24, 31, 32 and applicant details)

  • 15 working days
[image] Calendar - 1.

Customer Account Authorisation

  • 1 working day
[image] Calendar - 2.

Notice of opposition

  • 2 working days
[image] 15 days.

Assignment

  • 15 working days
[image] 15 days.

Extension of time requests

  • 15 working days
[image] 15 days.

Request to merge

  • 15 working days
[image] Calendar - 1.

Certificates of Comissioner

  • 1 working day
[image] Calendar - 1.

Change of agent, name or address

  • 1 working day


  Designs

Applications

[image] 15 days.

Initial design applications

  • 15 working days
  • For first examination report to be issued to applicant.

Correspondence

[image] 15 days.

Examination correspondence

  • 15 working days
[image] Calendar - 1.

Customer Account Authorisation

  • 1 working day
[image] 15 days.

Assignment

  • 15 working days
[image] Calendar - 1.

Certificates of Comissioner

  • 1 working day
[image] Calendar - 1.

Change of agent, name or address

  • 1 working day


  Proceedings

Correspondence

[image] Calendar - 2.

Notices of opposition

  • 2 working days
[image] 15 days.

All proceedings correspondence excluding Notices of opposition

  • 15 working day
Last updated 16 December 2013