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Intellectual property in New Zealand

Intellectual Property

National Organisations
For more information go to the web sites of the two regulation bodies: the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand and the Copyright Council of New Zealand. You can also consult the Intellectual Property Policy on the Ministry of Economic Development website.
Regional Organisations
New Zealand is a member of the Intellectual Property Rights Experts Group (IPEG) of the APEC community.
International Membership
Member of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)
Signatory to the Paris Convention For the Protection of Intellectual Property
Membership to the TRIPS agreement - Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)

National Regulation and International Agreements

Type of property and law Validity International Agreements Signed
Patents Act 1953 No 64 (as at 01 August 2008) and Patents Regulations 1954 (SR 1954/211) (as at 03 September 2007).

Decisions of the Commissioner since 1953 are published at

20 years Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)
Trade Marks Act 2002
10 years renewable for 12 month
In New Zealand, the Designs Act 1953 governs the administration of rights to a design. It is accompanied by the  Design Regulations 1954
15 years  
10 years. WIPO Copyright Treaty
Industrial Models
Copyright Act 1994.

For more information go to this website.

Over 50 Years  

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