Requirements for Filing a Design

Application in New Zealand Information and documentation required for filing an application:

  • Representation of design
  • applicant's full name, street address, and nationality/state in which incorporated
  • details of any priority date(s) to be claimed
  • description of the article to which the design is to be applied
  • an indication of the area of novelty, i.e. shape and configuration or pattern and ornamentation.

Other information and documentation required to complete filing formalities:

  • optionally, an Authorisation of Agent form signed by the applicant, not legalised. The Intellectual Property Office no longer insists that an Authorisation be filed to support an application
  • a certified copy of each priority application.
  • a verified translation of each priority application if not in English.


The priority documents, translation and formal representations should be filed within 3 months after the date of filing the application.

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