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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

Patent examination pendency
Following the receipt of a request for examination, an application is allocated to an examiner for examination.

How long will I have to wait for my first examination report?
The expected period between the receipt of a request for examination and the issuance of the first examination report is set out below:

Technology classDuration
Biotech  6.5 months
Chemical  3 months
Electrical  6 months
ICT  5.5 months
Mechanical  3 months

These estimates are updated every three months, and are current as of 10 September 2018.

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. This is subject to current expected periods as noted above.

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. This is subject to current expected periods as noted above.

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. This includes the issuance of any first or subsequent examination report following a re-examination request.

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

Geographical indications (GIs)

Application

You can expect a receipt of application within 1 working day.

Examination

You can expect to receive an examination report within 3 months of filing your application and evidence.

Registration

IPONZ will register the geographical indication not less than 6 months after the application filing date.

Correspondence

All correspondence will be within 15 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