The Patents Act 2013 will commence fully on 13 September 2014 and will replace the Patents Act 1953 to align New Zealand patent law more closely to other similar international jurisdictions.

Earlier this month, the Patents Regulations 2014 were enacted to allow for the Act’s full implementation. These regulations include a number of regulations carried over (with minor amendments) from the Patents Regulations 1954 as well as regulations required to:

  • prescribe a new schedule of fees;
  • facilitate some of the new features of the Act, such as the ability of the applicants to request examination and for the Commissioner of Patents to re-examine applications and granted patents; and
  • mandate online communications with the Commissioner.