Single patent application and examination processes
The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand and IP Australia are developing a single application process (SAP) and a single examination process (SEP) for applicants wishing to obtain patents in New Zealand and Australia. This initiative is part of the Single Economic Market (SEM) outcomes framework and is designed to reduce duplication and create efficiency through shared resource and expertise.
IPONZ and IP Australia have developed high level designs for the SAP and SEP and are currently working on the detailed frameworks, with the intention to implement the SAP and SEP in 2015.
Cabinet has approved the proposal to implement the SAP and SEP through legislative amendments to the Patents Act 2013.
How will the SAP and SEP work?
IPONZ and IP Australia have developed high level designs of the SAP and SEP and are continuing to work on the detail of the two systems.
Under the SAP applicants will be able to apply for patent protection simultaneously in Australian and New Zealand via online portals hosted on the websites of IPONZ and IP Australia.
Under the SEP a single examiner will examine both applications according to the respective laws and two separate and independent patents will ultimately be granted.
IPONZ and IP Australia will each retain their existing responsibilities for granting or refusing the patents.
More information on the SAP and SEP