Overview

New Zealand has a well-developed system of intellectual property rights, which are governed by statute, case law, and international agreements.

Trade marks, patents, designs and plant variety rights can be registered with the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand, which maintains a register of these rights and interests.

New Zealand is a signatory to a number of intellectual property treaties and conventions, including the Paris Convention, the Patent Co-operation Treaty, the Berne Convention, TRIPS (Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights), the Singapore Treaty, and the Madrid Protocol.

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