The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) has changed the way that patent details for all Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications entering New Zealand national phase are captured.
From December 2008, patent details for all national phase applications will be copied from the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) database. The change in process means a reduction in the time taken to capture information and greater consistency in the way that IPONZ and WIPO format information. The changes apply to the following patent details:
- Patent title
- Applicant names and addresses (where the details match the application form)
- Inventor names
- PCT International Application Number
- WIPO Publication Number