Patent filing & examination
Patent filing and examination are highly important components of achieving the best possible scope of protection from patent rights.
Filing your patent in New Zealand and abroad
Patent filing systems tend to differ from country to country, and not adhering to patent filing requirements can have fatal consequences for patent applications.
Patent examination to define the scope of your rights
After filing, patent applications are typically examined by a patent office examiner in the country in which the patent application has been filed. The examination process typically involves a search to see whether the invention was new at the earliest filing date relating to the patent application. Examiners issue a report that sets out their findings and usually includes a number of objections of a technical nature.
The skills required of an attorney are to understand the relevance of the documents found by the examiner and either present arguments or amendments that overcome the objections while still maintaining the broadest possible scope of the patent rights.
Expertise and experience in the patent process
Guiding a patent application through the examination stage requires considerable expertise. We operate specialist patent teams in the mechanical, electrical and electronic, chemical and biotechnology fields. They have a depth of experience in New Zealand and offshore patent work. We also work closely with agents and colleagues in overseas countries to manage patent applications through the examination process to grant.
For expert advice and assistance with patent filing and examination, call our specialist team today.