PCT/Paris Route Entering Into New Zealand

In New Zealand Patent Law, “invention-creations” include Patent and Design.

“Patent” means any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof. Once granted, it can last as long as 20 years.

“Design” means any new, original and ornamental design for an article of manufacture. Once granted, it can last as long as 10 years.

The applicant should enter New Zealand by PCT national phase within 31 months, or by Paris Convention Route within 12 months from the priority date.

The Reasons to Choose New Zealand:

A Developed Country with Positive Business Environment and Friendly Economic Policies

Reasonable Application and Maintenance Fees

Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) which Provides Accelerated Patent Prosecution Procedures with the Support of IPONZ

Filing to Grant Procedure for Patent



Filing National Application (PCT Route/Paris Convention Route);



Preliminary Examination By The Office;



Publication Of The Patent (Within 18 Months After Application);



Request for Substantive Examination (Within 60 Months from the Priority Date);



Issuance Of Patent Certificate (Taking Around 2 to 3 Years After Application).



Declaration to be Executed by the Applicant

PCT Application Number if it’s PCT National Phase, Else Original Patent Application Information is Required.

Frequently Asked Questions:

When should I file the PCT national entry into New Zealand? icon icon
  • You’d better enter New Zealand by PCT national phase within 31 months.
What’s the requirement of language for the patent application? icon icon
  • English version of abstract, claims, specification, drawings (when explanatory text is included).
When should I request the substantive examination? icon icon
  • Within 60 months from the priority date.
Is it hard to get it granted in New Zealand and how long will it takes? icon icon
  • It is not hard to get it granted in New Zealand and it will take around 2 to 3 years after application. As long as the PCT international application has at least one claim of novelty and inventiveness in the search report and written opinions issued by the International Search Authority, you can request for PPH which means that you are very likely to get a patent certificate in New Zealand.
Does New Zealand accept PPH to accelerate the examination ? icon icon
  • Yes. By request for PPH, it only takes around 1 year from filing to grant.

Brief Introduction of PPH in New Zealand

Patent Prosecution Highway(PPH) is a mechanism to facilitate expedited examination of applicants. New Zealand has established PPH cooperation with most major economies. And the PPH request is only applicable to patent application in New Zealand.

PPH has two main advantages. For one thing, the PPH application will greatly shorten the pending period for the patent to be substantially examined by the examiner. Normally, the first office action(if any) will be issued within 2 months after the PPH request has been accepted, comparing with 12 to 18 months of pending period for the general application after requesting for substantive examination. For another, the authorization rate is higher than the general application.

If the PCT application has received a positive written opinion or an international preliminary examination report of patentability at the international phase, the applicant can file a PCT-PPH request to the Patent Office at the same time when we request for the substantive examination at the national phase. Else if you’ve chosen Paris Convention Route to enter into the national phase, General-PPH may be requested if you can provide the Office Actions, Responses to those Office Actions and Grant Notice(if any) of the Priority Patent.

In brief, you don’t need to decide whether to apply PPH in New Zealand or not until you request for the substantive examination. You can leave this matter behind because we will notify you in time.

Estimated Cost for Filing a Patent

Price (USD)
Attorney Fee
Govt Fee*

Govt fee will be charged later since we need to check the claims and specification of your PCT Application/Original Patent Application in case there’s any additional govt fee according to the Patent Office rules.