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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 class Duration
Biotech 16 months
Chemical 12 months
Electrical 7 months
ICT 7 months
Mechanical 8 months

These durations are applicable only to cases being examined under the Patents Act 2013. These estimates are updated every three months, and are current as of 9 October 2020.

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 reports following a re-examination request.

Please note that IPONZ is currently experiencing significant delays in the subsequent examination of Biotech cases under the Patents Act 1953.

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 Advice requests
You can expect to receive a response to a request for search and/or preliminary advice within 5 working days.

Trade Mark applications
For national trade mark applications, you can expect to receive an initial response within 25 working days of filing your application.

For international registrations designating New Zealand (NZDs), you can expect to receive an initial response within 120 working days of IPONZ receiving your designation from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Correspondence

  • General examination correspondence - within 60 working days
  • Evidence/Certification correspondence - up to 60 working days
  • Customer Account Authorisation - 1 working day
  • Assignment - 15 working days
  • Extension of time requests - 15 working days
  • Request to merge trade mark cases - 15 working days
  • Certificates of Commissioner - 1 working day
  • Change of agent, name or address - 1 working day

Māori Advisory Committee determinations

Some trade mark applications are referred to the Māori Advisory Committee for their advice. Most applications referred to the Committee will receive a determination within 1 month.

Applications requiring further consideration are discussed during the closest Māori Advisory Committee meeting, which occurs on a quarterly basis.

Designs

Applications

Initial design applications
You can expect to receive an initial response within 15 working days of filing your application.

Correspondence

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

Plant Variety Rights

Applications

You can expect to receive an initial acknowledgement within 5 working days of submitting your application.

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
60 working days from the hearing date