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

Administering body

Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand which is a business unit of the Ministry of Economic Development Manatū Ōhanga.

Contact details

See the IPONZ website for contact information.


NZLII includes decisions for Designs, 1958 onwards, Patents 1957 onwards, and Trademarks 1955 onwards. Decisions from 1953 onwards are available in full text from the IPONZ website (under Information Library)

Indexed by

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.

Library holdings of unreported decisions



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