This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These regulations, which come into force on 13 September 2014, prescribe matters under the Patents Act 2013, which received Royal assent on 13 September 2013. These regulations are to be read in conjunction with that Act. Relevant section numbers in that Act are, to the extent possible, cited in the regulation that prescribes the related matters.
The regulations are further to a discussion document entitled “Proposals for Regulations to be made under the Patents Act 2013” that was released by the Minister of Commerce for public consultation on 11 December 2013.
The principal matters prescribed by these regulations include—
a new fees structure:
requirements to use the Commissioner’s electronic case management facility:
time limits and procedures for matters under the Act and these regulations:
new rules for proceedings before the Commissioner.
The Cabinet paper dated 12 March 2014 summarises the contents of these regulations in more detail and can be found at http://www.iponz.govt.nz/cms/pdf-library/patents/patent-regulations-2014-cabinet-paper-3-mb-pdf . Changes have been made subsequently, for example, for consistency with the new Act.
The English text of the Patent Cooperation Treaty and the Treaty regulations as in force for New Zealand can be found at—
The English text of the Budapest Treaty can be found at http://www.wipo.int/treaties/en/registration/budapest
The English text of the regulations made under the Budapest Treaty can be found at http://www.wipo.int/treaties/en/text.jsp?file_id=283787
Regulatory impact statement
The Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment produced a regulatory impact statement on 12 March 2014 to help inform the main policy decisions taken by the Government relating to the contents of this instrument.
A copy of this regulatory impact statement can be found at—
Date of notification in Gazette: 14 August 2014.
These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment.