Patents: New Zealand

General Information

International Agreements : Paris Convention & PCT.

Patent Types : Standard Patents

Novelty Requirements : Worldwide for publication and Local for use.

Claiming priority : Yes – within 12 months

Examination : Yes – Substantive examination

Protection Period : 20 Years

Publication : Yes – 18 months from Priority date.

Annuity Payments : 4th, 7th, 10th and 13th years.

Grace period for Annuity payments : 6 Months

Compulsory Licensing : Yes – may be granted if the Patent is not adequately worked.

Working or nominal working of Patents/Inventions : Working is only required to avoid Compulsory Licensing.

 

Filing Requirements

Patent Filing Requirements

  1. Name & Address of the Applicant(s).
  2. Name & Address(es) of Inventor(s).
  3. Specifications, Claims & Drawings of the Patent.
  4. Priority details – If claiming priority.

PCT National Phase Requirements

  1. Name & Address of the Applicant(s).
  2. Name & Address(es) of Inventor(s).
  3. Specifications, Claims & Drawings of the Patent.
  4. Priority details – If claiming priority.
  5. Publication Number of PCT application.
  6. Verified English translation of Published PCT specification and amendments (if published in non-English language).

 

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