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