Proposed Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill

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Submissions due: 02 August 2019, 5pm

The proposed Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill is an omnibus bill intended to make ‘technical” amendments to the Patents Act 2013, the Trade Marks Act 2002, the Designs Act 1953 (the IP Laws), and the associated regulations.

The Bill is not intended to be a full policy review of these Acts, or to review the criteria for granting patents, or registering trade marks and designs.

The discussion document is split up into four sections. There is one each for patents issues, trade marks issues, and designs issues. The fourth section looks at the possible use by IPONZ of Artificial Intelligence to make complex discretionary decisions.

The issues we are seeking submissions on are set out in the discussion paper.  Submitters can make submissions on any or all of the issues, according to their interests.

How to make a submission

Written submissions on the issues raised in this document are due by 5pm on Friday, 2 August 2019.

Your submission may respond to any or all of these issues. Where possible, please include evidence to support your views, for example references to independent research, facts and figures, or relevant examples.

Please include your name and (if applicable) the name of your organisation in your submission.

Please also include your contact details in the cover letter or e-mail accompanying your submission.

You can make your submission:

  • By sending your submission as a Microsoft Word document to

  • By mailing your submission to:
    Business Law Team
    Building, Resources and Markets
    Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment
    PO Box 1473
    Wellington 6140
    New Zealand

Please direct any questions that you have in relation to the submissions process to

Use of information

The information provided in submissions will be used to inform MBIE’s policy development process, and will inform advice to Ministers on amendments to New Zealand’s intellectual property legislation.

We may contact submitters directly if we require clarification of any matters in submissions. 

Release of information

We intend to upload PDF copies of submissions received to MBIE’s website at

WE will consider you to have consented to uploading by making a submission, unless you clearly specify otherwise in your submission.

If your submission contains any information that is confidential or you otherwise wish us not to publish, please:

  • indicate this on the front of the submission, with any confidential information clearly marked within the text
  • provide a separate version excluding the relevant information for publication on our website.

Submissions remain subject to request under the Official Information Act 1982. Please set out clearly in the cover letter or e-mail accompanying your submission if you have any objection to the release of any information in the submission, and in particular, which parts you consider should be withheld, together with the reasons for withholding the information.

We will take such objections into account and will consult with submitters when responding to requests under the Official Information Act 1982.

Private information

The Privacy Act 1993 establishes certain principles with respect to the collection, use and disclosure of information about individuals by various agencies, including MBIE. Any personal information you supply to MBIE in the course of making a submission will only be used for the purpose of assisting in the development of policy advice in relation to this review. Please clearly indicate in the cover letter or e-mail accompanying your submission if you do not wish your name, or any other personal information, to be included in any summary of submissions that MBIE may publish.