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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.


We offer a range of APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) that allow you to build software that connects directly to the IPONZ system.Who is it for? Clients that use our system frequently, particularly IP agents. IP software developers. Anyone who uses data from the...

Terms of use

Terms of use
The information provided on this website is intended to be used as a general guide and does not represent legal advice. IPONZ and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment do not accept any responsibility or liability for any action...

Manage Plant Variety Rights

About IP Plant variety rights Manage
This page covers the management of both granted Rights and applications for Plant Variety Rights.

Examination process

About IP Designs Examination process
1. Application filedYour application must meet legal requirements.An application may include a priority claim from an overseas application. A New Zealand application must be made within 6 months of the corresponding overseas application.2. First examinationWithin 15 working days of receiving...

Search for existing PVRs

About IP Plant variety rights Search
Always check that a plant variety is protected before you commercially propagate and sell plants of that variety.

PVRO and infringement actions

About IP Plant variety rights Infringements
As a form of intellectual property, upholding or enforcing your Rights is solely the responsibility of the Rights holder. The management of protected varieties varies greatly depending on the plant species and the objective and approach of the Rights holder.

Decisions of the Commissioner

News and updates Decisions of the Commissioner
22 January 2016Decisions of the Commissioner issued in October, November and 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  978898 SUNWISE Karen Dobson Ego Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd 2015/18 15/10/2015 Class 3 Opposition  966278 CASA BARELLI Aldi Foods Pty...

The Journal - February 2016

News and updates The Journal - February 2016
The February 2016 edition of the Journal is now available.To view the sections of the journal select the link below: Patent, Trade Mark and Design applications and registrations.

IPONZ closed for Easter Holidays - 25 and 28 March 2016

News and updates IPONZ closed for Easter Holidays - 25 and 28 March 2016
IPONZ’s office will be closed for business on Good Friday and Easter Monday, 25 and 28 March 2016.Our website will remain available throughout this period.Please note the following important considerations: If the deadline for filing an application or document falls between...