Guide to protecting your invention in New Zealand

This resource outlines what a patent is and the process for protecting an invention in New Zealand.

Getting a patent for your invention is a complex, technical legal process. Help from a patent attorney will give you the best chance of securing good protection for your invention.

It is critical that you do not reveal your invention to anyone before speaking to a patent attorney. If you tell anyone about your invention before filing a patent application, you may not be able to get a patent.

This information sheet outlines the process for protecting your invention in New Zealand.