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Intellectual property

We are responsible for policy relating to the protection of intellectual property in New Zealand. 

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What is intellectual property?

Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind and there are various forms of IP protection available.


Intellectual property rights and protections

Intellectual property rights give creators and innovators the exclusive right, for a limited time, to control what others may do with their work.


Single Economic Market intellectual property outcomes

In 2009 the New Zealand and Australian prime ministers agreed on a set of single Economic Market (SEM) outcomes to harmonise regulatory settings and to strengthen trans-Tasman economic integration.

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To find out more about intellectual property protection in New Zealand contact our Intellectual Property Policy group.