Intellectual property (IP) rights protect the expression of your idea in something you have made or created. IP is fundamental for most businesses, and is a tool for creativity, innovation, and even education. If you are unfamiliar with IP, see our overview …
Copyright protects your original works like artwork, books, computer programs, drawings, films, music, and sound recordings.
Finding copyright owners
If you wish to use a copyright work, you will need to contact the owner and request permission to use it.
Crown copyright protects work created or owned by the New Zealand government, including government forms, codes of practice, official press releases and public records.
Search for existing trade marks - this information is intended as a guide only. For legal advice we recommend that you contact a patent attorney or lawyer who is familiar with intellectual property law.
New Zealand Office of Origin trade marks
Getting trade mark protection overseas can be done in two ways: Filing individually in each jurisdiction or using the Madrid system to file your application.
News and updates
The following PDF documents contain copies of all news stories published on our website. Note - some of the images and links within these documents may be broken. 2015 news articles [PDF, 785 KB] 2014 news…
We examine all applications to register a trade mark to make sure they comply with all the requirements of the Trade Marks Act 2002 (the Act). As well as ensuring that an application meets the legal filing requirements, the Commissioner must be satisfied that…
A list of words or terms used on this website that have specific meanings in the area of intellectual property.
Managing your account
Each client record holds information about that company, individual or other legal entity. This reduces the amount of data entry an applicant has to perform on application. Interested parties can view the address details of an intellectual property owner on the register. Make changes…