COVID-19 update: IPONZ’s online services continue to be available as normal. However, IPONZ has recently updated its practices relating to cases and tasks with a deadline after 31 July 2020.
WARNING - Patent Act 1953 information
The content below relates to applications with a complete specification filed before 13 September 2014.
Below is a list of archived practice guidelines published by IPONZ under the 1953 Patents Act. These guidelines provide detailed information for patent practices including filing requirements and our examination and processing activities.
The Patents Act 2013 commenced fully on 13 September 2014.
- all applications with a filing date later than 12 September 2014; and
- all patents in force after this date.
The Patents Act 1953 and Patents Regulations 1954 continue to apply to applications with a filing date of before 13 September 2014.
If you filed your application after 12 September 2014 please refer to the Patent Examination Manual for current patents information.