IPONZ will close for business from 5:00pm Wednesday 24th December 2014 and will reopen 8:30am Monday 5 January 2015.

IP Australia will be closing at 5pm (AEST) on Wednesday 24 December 2014 and re-opens at 9am (AEST) on Friday 2 January 2015.

It is mandatory to communicate with IPONZ using their online case management facility.  IPONZ provides the following information regarding deadlines falling within the official closed period.

If the deadline for filing an application or document falls within the period from 25th December 2014 to 5th January 2015, then the application or document will be filed on time if filed on, or before 5th January 2015.

Online applications will:

  • Receive a filing date of 24 December 2014 if they are submitted no later than 11.59pm NZDST on 24th December 2014.
  • Receive an official filing date of 5 January 2014 if they are submitted between 25 December 2014 and 5 January 2015.

It is to be noted, that if a patent or design application is submitted online on an official closed day (such as on a weekend, or over the Christmas-New Year period) the details of the invention or design should not be publicly disclosed until after the official filing date, which will be later than the date of online submission. If an invention or design is disclosed before the official filing date, then the patent or design may be invalid if granted or registered.