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Patent attorney information

Patent attorney information
The trans-Tasman patent attorney register records the names of all registered patent attorneys licensed to provide patents advice in New Zealand and Australia.


About IP Copyright
Protects your original works like artwork, books, computer programs, drawings, films, music, and sound recordings. Protection is free and applies automatically.

Enforcing copyright

About IP Copyright Enforcing copyright
You're responsible for monitoring the way your copyright is used, and protecting it against infringement. If your copyright has been infringed within New Zealand, get assistance from an intellectual property (IP) attorney to take civil action on your behalf.


About IP Copyright Legislation
The Copyright Act 1994 (the Act) allows copyright owners to control certain activities relating to the use and dissemination of their works. The legislation provides for border protection measures and both civil and criminal action infringement penalties. The Act is...

File sharing infringement

About IP Copyright File sharing infringement
File sharing makes digitally stored information available for others to access across the internet. Multiple users can share content using peer-to-peer networks or applications.


About IP Designs
A design in New Zealand is defined as the new or original features of shape, configuration, pattern or ornament applied to an article by any industrial process or means.

Decisions of the Commissioner

News and updates Decisions of the Commissioner
Decisions of the Commissioner issued in December are now available online. Select the links to see the decisions.Trade marks Number Mark First Party Second Party Document Title Date of Decision Subject  848095 ETEC CROP SOLUTIONS Etec Crop Solutions Limited EuroChem Agro GmbH   2014/49 11/12/2014 Classes 1, 3, 5, 35 and 44 Opposition Patents Number Title First Party...

Enhancements to IPONZ’s Case Management Facility

News and updates Enhancements to IPONZ’s Case Management Facility
Update to the provisional closed discussionOnce you have filed your patent application with a provisional specification you have 15 months to file a complete specification. IPONZ notifies you through a discussion when this period has expired. This discussion will now...

Patent attorney registration and renewal

Patent attorney registration and renewal
Applying for registration as a trans-Tasman patent attorneyAny individual or incorporated patent attorney firm wishing to practice as a patent attorney in New Zealand or Australia must be registered under the joint trans-Tasman registration regime. The key features of the joint...

Electronic Payment Available for PCT – 2 March 2015

News and updates Electronic Payment Available for PCT – 2 March 2015
The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) is introducing a new payment option for PCT International applications.From 2 March electronic payment will be available for PCT International applications.Why should I make electronic payments?Because: it will save you time, paper and...