A patent is a right that is granted for an invention.
You can patent a new product or process, the material it is made from, or how something is made.
A New Zealand patent gives protection within New Zealand. To obtain patent protection in another country, a patent application needs to be filed in that country, or in a region including that country.
When you apply for a patent, you must describe the invention. Your invention must be novel, involve an inventive step, and be useful.
Be careful about revealing details of your invention to other people before you have filed your application – doing this may cause your application to be declined.
Apply for a patentYou must prepare your documentation before you file a patent application.
Search existing patentsBefore making an application it is a good idea to check that the invention hasn't already been patented.
FeesFees may be payable after your application has been filed. These may be for requesting examination, amending a complete specification, maintenance fees, and renewal fees once the patent is granted.
InternationalA patent only protects an invention in one country or region. International patent law can make it easier to get patents granted in a number of different countries.