The deadline for national phase entry into New Zealand is 31 months from the earliest priority date. Early national phase entry prior to publication of the international application is permitted.
An extension of time is available for national phase entry in prescribed circumstances. Please contact us if you require an extension of time.
The international application or publication number is required to proceed with national phase entry in New Zealand, if the international application was published in English. However, a copy of the application as originally filed must be provided if national phase entry is requested prior to publication of the originating international application.
Excess claim fees are not payable upon national phase entry or at any stage of New Zealand registration.
A Power of Attorney or any other document executed by an Applicant or an Inventor is not required to perfect national phase entry in New Zealand. However, we will need confirmation of the manner in which the Applicant derives entitlement from the Inventor(s) to grant of the patent in New Zealand (e.g., by way of assignment, employment contract), preferably together with copies of any documents establishing that entitlement. A Notice of Entitlement must be submitted prior to acceptance of the application.