Patent & Trade Mark

New Zealand

The World Bank’s ‘Doing Business’ Report rates New Zealand as one of the easiest countries in the world in which to do business.


For information on filing in New Zealand, please contact John Landells.

New Zealand is closely aligned to Australia in trade, with many businesses in Australia selling their products and services in New Zealand and vice versa, and New Zealand's primary trading partners also include the United Kingdom, China, Japan and the United States.

This and the fact that New Zealand company registration has been solely online since 1998 (the first country in the world to boast this), plus increasingly sophisticated online filing systems and low cost fees for patents, designs and trade marks, all increase the attraction of filing in New Zealand. Processing time of patent, design and trade mark applications through to examination is typically five times faster than Australia, and many other procedures have been streamlined.

FB Rice files, prosecutes and registers patents, designs and trade marks directly in New Zealand. Many of our attorneys are registered to practice both in Australia and New Zealand, and we offer at least two financial advantages for filing concurrent Australian and New Zealand applications:

  • We discount our filing charges when we are instructed to simultaneously file in Australia and New Zealand.
  • The ongoing cost of prosecution is reduced owing to the similarities between Australian and New Zealand regimes.