Expediting examination of patent applications

Expediting examination of patent applications

IPONZ has recently added guidance on requesting expedited examination for Patent applications.

We have recently expanded the information on our website relating to expedited examination for patent applications.

Our updates include more information on:

  • Requirements for requesting expedited examination under Regulation 77(1)(b) of the Patents Regulations 2013.
  • Scenarios for which we will consider requests to expedite examination under Regulation 77(1)(b).
  • More details on requests to expedite examination under the Global Patent Prosecution Highway programme.
  • Reminders that the examination eligibility dates of Treaty applications will still apply, even under an expedited examination request.

We have also updated our Maintain a Patent page to include instructions on how to request expedited examination using the IPONZ case management facility.

For more detailed information, please see the pages below:

Expedited examination for patent applications

Global Patent Prosecution Highway

Maintain a Patent: Request for expedited examination

Published on November 16, 2023