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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.

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  Patents

Applications

[image] Calendar 3 months.

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Applications with a complete specification

  • You can expect to receive a first examination report within 3 months of requesting examination*
     
  • *For applications with a filing date before 13 September 2014, you can expect a first examination report to be issued within 15 working days.

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[image] Calendar 9 months.

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

  • You can expect to receive a first examination report within 3 months of requesting examination*
  • *For Treaty applications that entered national phase before 13 September 2014, you can expect an examination report to be issued within 9 months of the PCT 31 month examinable date.
    Your application will automatically be queued for examination when: the English translation document has been received and 31 months from the earliest priority date has passed.
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Subsequent examination 

  • Reports will be issued within 20 business days.
  • This timeframe includes the issuing of any first or subsequent re-examination report.

Correspondence

Calendar - 20

Examination correspondence

  • 20 working days

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Customer Account Authorisation

  • 1 working day
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Notice of opposition

  • 2 working days

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Assignment

  • 15 working days

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Certificates of Commissioner

  • 1 working day
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Change of agent, name or address

  • 1 working day

  Trade Marks

Applications

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Search and / or Preliminary Applications

  • 5 working days
[image] 15 days.

Initial trade mark applications

  • 15 working days

Correspondence

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

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

  • 15 working days
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Customer Account Authorisation

  • 1 working day
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Notice of opposition

  • 2 working days
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Assignment

  • 15 working days
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Extension of time requests

  • 15 working days
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Request to merge

  • 15 working days
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Certificates of Comissioner

  • 1 working day
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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
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Customer Account Authorisation

  • 1 working day
[image] 15 days.

Assignment

  • 15 working days
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Certificates of Comissioner

  • 1 working day
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Change of agent, name or address

  • 1 working day


  Proceedings

Correspondence

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Notices of opposition

  • 2 working days
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All proceedings correspondence excluding Notices of opposition

  • 15 working day

 

Last updated 10 September 2014