New Zealand Intellectual Property Attorneys Inc was established in 1912 as The New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys Inc. In 2021 we changed our name to better reflect the composition of our membership. We are an incorporated body representing most trans-Tasman registered Patent Attorneys who are resident and practising in New Zealand. Our membership also includes Australian registered Trade Mark Attorneys and IP lawyers resident and practising in New Zealand.
The organisation is governed by a set of Rules.
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.
The Rules set out the objects of the organisation, which are as follows:
NZIPA has 5 membership categories to which members belong.
The current membership of NZIPA comprises comprises 177 Fellows, 3 Honorary, 13 Students, 11 Non-resident, 30 Associates and 2 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.
Our Fellows are also registered as patent attorneys in Australia following the 2017 implementation of the Trans-Tasman patent attorney regime that provides for a single system of accreditation, registration and professional regulation of patent attorneys in both countries. For a complete list of registered Trans-Tasman patent attorneys resident in New Zealand, please to refer to the TTIPAB website here.
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.