In this guideline
Patents hearing decisions
Practice following hearing
Following a hearing (either by appearance, written submissions, or on the papers filed) it is normal practice for the Assistant Commissioner to reserve their decision to allow full consideration of the issues.
Assistant Commissioner’s written decision
The Assistant Commissioner will issue a formal written decision setting out detailed reasons for the decision, including any award of costs when applicable.
See patent hearing fees for more information on costs.
Hearings decisions are normally issued within 30 working days from the date of the hearing.
The decision of the Assistant Commissioner will be sent to both parties via the IPONZ case management facility.
If a party wishes to appeal the Commissioner’s decision, they must file a notice of appeal in the High Court, and serve a copy of the notice on the Commissioner, within 20 working days from the date the decision is issued.
If no appeal is filed the Assistant Commissioner’s decision will be final.
Publication of decisions on NZLII
All IPONZ hearings decisions from 1955 onwards are published on the New Zealand Legal Information Institute (NZLII) website, which is open to the public free of charge.
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