Patent fees

Patent fees

All fees are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD). The fees listed below do not include GST. GST (15%) applies to all fees where the applicant or requestor is in New Zealand.

IPONZ fees were updated on 13 February 2020. Read about the review of IPONZ fees.

Application

Item Amount
(excluding GST)
Provisional specification $100
Complete specification $250
Convention $250
PCT - Entry into national phase $250
Request for examination or re-examination $750

See apply for a patent for more information.

Amendment

Item Amount
(excluding GST)
Request to amend complete specification before acceptance $150
Request to amend complete specification after acceptance $500

See request an amendment for more information. Requests to amend a complete specification after acceptance are subject to Section 83 of the Patents Act 2013.

Excess claims fee

Item Amount
(excluding GST)

Excess claims fee for examination of a patent application with 30 or more claims

  • This applies only to patent applications where examination is requested on or after 13 February 2020
$120 for each 5th claim over 25


The total excess claims fee payable for a patent application will be calculated based on the maximum number of claims contained in the complete specification during the examination process. This fee will be charged when the patent application has been accepted, and must be paid before the application can proceed to grant.

See paying an excess claims fee for more information.

Application maintenance

Item Amount
(excluding GST)
Due on the 4th and each subsequent anniversary of the filing date of the complete specification if the fee is paid during the period prescribed by regulation 9(1)(a) $200
Due on the 4th and each subsequent anniversary of the filing date of the complete specification if the fee is paid during the period prescribed by regulation 9(1)(b) $300

See maintenance for more information.

Maintenance fees whose three-month payment period commences on or after 13 February 2020 are subject to the above fees.

Renewal

Item Amount
(excluding GST)
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th year renewal $200
10th, 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th year renewal $450
15th, 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th year renewal $1000
Late payment penalty $100

See patent renewal for more information.

Renewal fees whose three-month payment period commences on or after 13 February 2020 are subject to the above fees.

Late payments made on or after 13 February 2020 are subject to the above late payment penalty fee.

Oppositions and hearings

Item Amount
(excluding GST)
Notices of opposition by opponent $350
Request for a hearing $850
Application to revoke a patent $350

See patent hearings for more information.

Restoration

Item Amount
(excluding GST)
Request for restoration of a patent application or patent $600

See restoration of a patent for more information.

Refund of fees

A refund will be considered where required or permitted by Regulation 149 of the Patents Regulations 2014.

Refunds will not be provided in the following circumstances:

  • GST amounts are not eligible as separate refunds from their applicable fees. Where the applicant or requestor is in New Zealand, the Office will assume that GST is payable by the applicant or requestor.
  • Refunds will not be processed once a filing has been receipted and work has commenced on the filing.

For more information, please see our Refund Policy.

Request a refund

Request a refund in writing and include the following information:

  • receipt date
  • receipt number
  • amount you are requesting be refunded
  • reason for refund
  • name of person/organisation the refund is to be paid to.

If you have paid the fees using our direct debit system, the refund will show as an adjustment on your next direct debit statement.

If you paid the fees by any other method, your refund will normally be direct credited into your bank account.

International fees

The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) international fees, last updated 1 May 2021.

NZ component

Item Amount
(excluding GST)
Transmittal Fee $180

International component

Item Amount
(excluding GST)

International fee

$2025

Fee per sheet over 30

$23

e-PCT PDF Filing reduction

$305

e-PCT XML Filing reduction

$457

Search component (select one search authority)

Item Amount
(excluding GST)
Australia search fee $2379
EPO search fee $2942
KR search fee $1561
US search fee $3076
US small entity search fee $1538
US micro entity search fee $769

IPONZ requires direct credit payments for PCT International applications.

Once you have filed a PCT international application you’ll receive an email with the summary of the fees due and the MBIE PCT Trust Account details to pay your fee into.

See the PCT fee schedules on the WIPO website[PDF 165 KB]for the most current information.

Payment options

The preferred methods of payment for all fees are credit card, internet banking or direct debit.

Contact us for more information about setting up a direct debit account.