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.