Facts and figures

Facts and figures

We collect data about patent, trade mark, design, and plant variety rights application volumes. 

December 2022

IPONZ continues to watch filing volumes closely. We have produced a number of graphs comparing last month’s activity to the month previous, and the same month in the previous year relying on the submission date.

Trade mark filing volumes

This graph of trade mark filing volumes shows the number of classes applied for on national applications was 2745 in the month of December, down from 2783 in the month earlier, compared with 3798 in the same month in last year. The number of classes applied for on international applications designating New Zealand was 2699 in the month of December, up from 1998 in the month earlier, compared with 2878 in the same month last year.

Trade mark filing volumes (New Zealand applicants)

This graph of trade mark filing volumes applied for by New Zealanders shows the number of classes applied for was 1533 in the month of December, down from 1740 in the month earlier, compared with 2276 in the same month in last year.

Patent filing volumes

Graph showing patent filing volumes

This graph of patent filing volumes shows the number of international applications received via the national phase of the Patent Cooperaton Treaty (PCT) was 406 in the month of December, down from 490 in the month earlier, compared with 398 in the same month in last year. The number complete applications submitted was 125 in the month of December, down from 142 in the month earlier, compared with 139 in the same month last year.

The number of requests to examine patent applications received in the month of December was 372, down from 436 in the month earlier, compared with 345 in the same month in last year.

Patent filing volumes (New Zealand applicants)

This graph of patent filing volumes applied for by New Zealanders shows that the number of complete patent applications applied for was 17 in the month of December, down from 19 in the month earlier, compared with 43 in the same month in last year.

Designs filing volumes

Graph showing designs filing volumes

This graph of designs filing volumes shows that the number of designs applied for was 151 in the month of December, up from 135 in the month earlier, compared with 132 in the same month in last year.

Designs filing volumes (New Zealand applicants)

This graph of design filing volumes applied for by New Zealanders shows that the number of design applications applied for was 54 in the month of December, up from 20 in the month earlier, compared with 20 in the same month in last year.

Plant variety rights volumes

This graph of plant variety rights filing volumes shows that the number applied for was 22 in the period of three months to December, up from 19 in the three months prior to that, compared with 12 in the same three month period last year.

Application volumes - raw data

Application volumes for patents, trade marks, designs and plant variety rights since 2014 are available for download in the data sets below.

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We can also provide other useful statistical data on request from our database. To make a request please use our online request service Please make your request as specific as possible to allow us to respond more quickly. We may contact you to clarify or refine your request.

Our data is also available via MBIE’s API services. The World Intellectual Property Organization’s Global Brands Database uses services like these for overnight updates to the New Zealand trade marks register data it uses.