Improvements to the IPONZ online case management facility

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Improvements to the IPONZ online case management facility

We’ve made a number of improvements to our website and online case management facility as of 18 June 2020.

Updated patent examination report and acceptance letters

Our patent examination reports and acceptance letters have been changed to provide:

  • Improved usability with clearer headings.
  • Highlighted deadlines and next steps.
  • Links to relevant content on the IPONZ website.
  • A new look and feel.
Example of Patent examination report

Example of Patent examination report

Download an example of a Patent examination report [PDF, 347 KB]

More letter updates coming soon for trade marks, patents, and designs

Other system-generated letters are also in the process of review, and similar updates are expected to be released for other IPONZ letters across trade marks, patents, and designs in the coming months.

Hearings may now be requested on IPONZ discretionary decisions

The IPONZ online case management facility now allows for hearings to be requested in relation to adverse discretionary decisions of the Commissioner. This option is available for trade mark, patent, and design cases.

The new hearing option may be accessed under the respective “Lodge a Proceeding” page relating to the respective IP type, under the “Request a hearing in relation to [IP type] application or registration” section.

Request a hearing in relation to a Design application or registration

Plant Variety Rights Journal now includes ‘Use of Variety’ filter

Search publications tool example

Following feedback based on a recent review involving Plant Variety Rights (PVR) owners, agents and users, the IPONZ PVR Journal now allows results to be filtered by use of variety. 

View the Plant Variety Rights Journal