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Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand
Agency overview
Formed 1870 (New Zealand Patent Office)
Jurisdiction New Zealand
Headquarters 205 Victoria Street, Te Aro Wellington, New Zealand

Coordinates: 41°17′37″S 174°46′25″E / 41.293676°S 174.773549°E / -41.293676; 174.773549

Parent agency Ministry of Economic Development (New Zealand)

The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) is a New Zealand government agency responsible for the granting and registration of intellectual property rights, specifically patent, trade mark, design and plant variety rights. It is part of the Ministry of Economic Development. According to its website, IPONZ "aims to ensure people realise the full economic potential of their intellectual property."[1]



IPONZ has a long history, beginning with the establishment of the New Zealand Patent Office in 1870. It now administers the Patents Act 1953, the Trade Marks Act 2002, the Designs Act 1953 and the Plant Variety Rights Act 1987.

Over the period from July 2008 to February 2009, IPONZ received 18898 trade mark applications, 4894 patent applications, and 854 design applications.[2]

Online services

The IPONZ website promotes an array of online services available to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including:

  • IPONZ Database - search for patents, trade marks, designs, plant variety rights and Hearing decisions for free.
  • IPONZ Renewals - applicant can renew their patent, trade mark or design online.
  • Lodge Application - apply online for a search and preliminary advice for trade marks and apply to register a trade mark, patent or design online.
  • Online Correspondence - submit and view your patent, trade mark and design correspondence online. Select from a range of document types including:
    • a response to your examination report or objections raised in your compliance report,
    • assignments, change of name or address requests,
    • requests for a certificate of Commissioner,
    • extension of time requests
  • Online Journal - search the intellectual property journals.

Monthly Business Update

The IPONZ Newsletter is published monthly as part of the Ministry's Business Update, and includes general information, changes and proposed changes to IPONZ practice and procedures.

See also


  1. ^ About IPONZ, Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand, Ministry of Economic Development, Wellington. Updated 12 December 2008.
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures". Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand..  

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