Filing Requirements

Filing Type: National Phase Entry PCT National Phase Entry
Deadline: 31 months
Power of Attorney: No
Assignments: No*
Language: English
Translation Extension: N/A
Excess Claims Fee: No
Examination Request: Optional at filing or deferred
Country Notes: * Assignments are not required in New Zealand, but it is recommended that you have one on file. According to New Zealand law, there should be in existence an Assignment from the inventor to the applicant, dated prior to national phase entry. Please note that RWS does not automatically provide this form.

Filing Requirements

Filing Type: Direct Filing Direct Filing
Deadline: 12 months
Power of Attorney: No
Assignments: No
Language: English
Excess Claims Fee: No
Examination Request: Optional at filing or deferred
Country Notes: • Regarding the priority document(s), only the priority data (application number, filing date and country) is required at filing.

• If the application is not in English, a certified English translation of the basic application can be filed either at the time of filing (optional), or within two months from the date the office issues notification to furnish such document(s).

• Where an invention is a micro-organism, then a deposit of the micro-organism must be made and a deposit receipt must be provided within three months from the date of making the deposit.

Pipers Intellectual Property

Established: 1982

Number of Professional Staff: 15

National Phase Entry RWS PCT agent in New Zealand
Direct Filing RWS Direct (Paris Convention) agent in New Zealand

Pipers is a specialist IP firm with three offices across New Zealand and Australia. The firm offers superior client commitment with a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week internet reception. Its attorneys are highly skilled in many technical areas and work in collaboration with clients to generate more revenue from innovation and to increase competitive advantage.

Pipers has a wide range of clients from large international companies to smaller start-ups, offering patent drafting, filing, provisional applications, patent searching, patent prosecution, patent litigation, and licensing and franchising patents.


• Agriculture
• Biotechnology
• Building Construction
• Business Method
• Chemical Science
• Computer Science & Networking
• Electrical / Electronics
• Genetic Engineering
• Information Technology
• Mechanical & Civil
• Mechatronics
• Nanotechnology
• Pharmaceutical
• Software
• Veterinary

Contact Information


P.O. Box 5298,
Auckland 1141,
New Zealand


5A Pacific Rise,
Mount Wellington,
Auckland 1060,
New Zealand