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Timeframes

Processing times for applications and correspondence

Below you will find an indication of expected turnaround timeframes for applications and correspondence filed online.

All applications receive a receipt confirming the application number and filing date within minutes.

Patents

Applications

Applications with a complete specification
You can expect to receive a first examination report within 3 months (measured as 64 working days) of requesting examination.*

*For applications with a filing date before 13 September 2014, you can expect a first examination report to be issued within 20 working days.

Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications entering the NZ national phase.
You can expect to receive a first examination report within 3 months (measured as 64 working days) of requesting examination

*For Treaty applications that entered national phase before 13 September 2014, you can expect an examination report to be issued within 9 months of the PCT 31 month examinable date.

Your application will automatically be queued for examination when: the English translation document has been received and 31 months from the earliest priority date has passed.

Subsequent examination

Reports will be issued within 20 working days.
Includes the issuing of any first or subsequent re-examination report.

Correspondence

  • Examination correspondence - 20 working days
  • Customer Account Authorisation - 1 working day 
  • Notice of opposition - 2 working days 
  • Assignment - 15 working days
  • Certificates of Commissioner - 1 working day 
  • Change of agent, name or address - 1 working day

Trade Marks

Applications

Search and / or Preliminary Applications
5 working days

Initial trade mark applications
15 working days

Correspondence

Relating to substantive issues (sections 17,18 and 25)
15 working days

Relating to series, classification, formality and / or other issues (sections 5, 21-24, 31, 32 and applicant details)
15 working days

  • Customer Account Authorisation - 1 working day 
  • Notice of opposition - 2 working days 
  • Assignment - 15 working days 
  • Extension of time requests - 15 working days 
  • Request to merge - 15 working days 
  • Certificates of Comissioner - 1 working day 
  • Change of agent, name or address - 1 working day

Designs

Applications

Initial design applications
15 working days
For first examination report to be issued to applicant.

Correspondence

  • Examination correspondence - 15 working days 
  • Customer Account Authorisation - 1 working day 
  • Assignment - 15 working days 
  • Certificates of Comissioner - 1 working day 
  • Change of agent, name or address - 1 working day

Plant Variety Rights

Applications

Acknowledgement
5 working days

Proceedings

Correspondence

Notices of opposition
2 working days

All proceedings correspondence excluding Notices of opposition
15 working days

Hearing Decisions

Issued
30 working days from the hearing date