Commissioner of Patents, Trade Marks and Designs


Deals with issues such as objections to Patent grants, extensions of terms and revocation of Patentsand Trade Marks. Also makes some decisions in relation to Design matters.

Governing legislation

Designs Act 1953;Patents Act 1953;Trade Marks Act 2002

Contact details

See the IPONZ website for contact information.


NZLII includes decisions for Designs, 1958 onwards, Patents,1957 onwards, Trademarks,1954 onwards, and Plant Variety Rights.

Reported in

IPR contains selected Intellectual property decisions from the High Court and Court of Appeal, but does not include Decisions of the Commissioner. Also reported in NZIPR.


Intellectual property issues regarding copyright are dealt with by the Copyright Tribunal.