Patent Oppositions

Patent Oppositions

The New Zealand patent system provides for opposition of accepted standard patent applications and of certified innovation patents.

Patent oppositions in New Zealand are very different from oppositions before other Patent Offices. One significant difference is the need to lodge expert evidence to support or defend an opposition. Australian patent oppositions can be procedurally complex.

Patent oppositions at Davies Collison Cave

We have substantial experience of handling patent oppositions, and this enables us to guide our clients through the process from start to finish. In some cases, it may be appropriate to rely on our IP law group to assist with preparation of evidence and case management.
Parties to an opposition sometimes wish to resolve the matter by settlement. As Davies Collison Cave is a full service IP practice, our law group can also aid with negotiation and drafting of settlement agreements.

Our service offerings:

  • conducting oppositions against standard patent applications and innovation patents
  • defending oppositions
  • assistance with resolution of oppositions.