The New Zealand Institute
of Patent Attorneys, Inc

About NZIPA

The New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys (Incorporated), ("The Institute"), was established in 1912. It is an incorporated body representing most Patent Attorneys registered under the New Zealand Patents Act, and who are resident and practising in New Zealand.

The current membership of NZIPA comprises comprises 159 Fellows, 2 Honorary, 46 Students, 20 Non-resident, 14 Associates and 7 Retired.

The Institute is governed by a set of Rules, and a Code of Professional Conduct to ensure its members maintain a consistent high standard of professionalism at all times.

A Council of 9 Fellow members is elected each year at the Annual General Meeting. They meet at least monthly throughout the year to manage the affairs of the Institute.

We have a complaints process you can follow here if you feel our members are not adhering to such standards.

The Rules set out the objects of the Institute, which are as follows:

  • To maintain a representative group of registered New Zealand patent attorneys.
  • To promote the interests of the Institute.
  • To assist in developing, promoting and maintaining the integrity of the laws and regulations relating to intellectual property matters.
  • To preserve and maintain the integrity and status of the patent attorney profession by setting and administering Rules and a Code of Professional Conduct.
  • To provide means to resolve differences between Members of the Institute, and between members of the public and Members of the Institute.
  • To arrange and promote opportunities to acquire and share knowledge about the patent attorney profession.

NZIPA has 5 membership categories to which members belong.

  • Fellowship - members who are registered as a patent attorney, and who are resident and entitled to practise in New Zealand, as well as being of good repute.
  • Honorary Membership - this is for distinguished individuals, who from their contribution to advancing the objects of the Institute, deserve this high honour.
  • Student Membership - members who are not qualified as a patent attorney, but who are employed as a trainee patent by a registered patent attorney.
  • Non-resident Membership - members who are IP practitioners outside New Zealand, and ex-Fellows who are no longer resident in New Zealand
  • Associate Membership - members who are not patent attorneys but who:
  • 1. are qualified to advance the objects of the Institute through their connection with law, science or the arts, or
  • 2. are employed as a trainee patent attorney for at least three years, and have good repute.

The current membership of NZIPA comprises comprises 159 Fellows, 2 Honorary, 46 Students, 20 Non-resident, 14 Associates and 7 Retired. The membership comprises virtually the whole of the senior professional staff of all of the firms of registered patent attorneys practising in New Zealand comprising more than one partner, plus most of the registered patent attorneys who practice as sole practitioners. In addition a number of our Fellows are partners or senior staff solicitors in the intellectual property law sections of some major law firms in New Zealand.

If you wish to join NZIPA, please download our application forms.

Our members are very familiar with intellectual property laws in New Zealand, and also in overseas countries.

Many of our Fellows are also registered as patent attorneys in Australia.

There are a large number of other patent attorneys registered on the New Zealand Register of Patent Attorneys, but many of these are Australian registered patent attorneys who have registered in New Zealand pursuant to mutual recognition, and are not practising in New Zealand. For a complete list of registered patent attorneys in New Zealand, please refer to the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand .

Since registration as a patent attorney does not require membership of the NZIPA we are sometimes asked why an individual should become a member. Refer to our membership benefits.

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