Patents Regulations 2014

3 Interpretation


In these regulations, unless the context otherwise requires,—

Act means the Patents Act 2013

address for service means 1 of the following addresses in New Zealand or Australia:


a postal address:


a post office box or document exchange box

agent means a person—


who is a patent attorney or a barrister or solicitor (to the extent that the barrister or solicitor is entitled to practise in matters under the Act or these regulations); and


who is authorised by the person’s principal (X) to act for X in any proceeding in accordance with these regulations or to take any step on X’s behalf under these regulations

anniversary date, in relation to a maintenance or renewal fee, has the meaning set out in regulation 8

case management facility means the case management facility that may be accessed through the Commissioner’s website or web services

certificate of verification means a statement—


that a document to which the statement relates is a true and complete translation of the accompanying document to the best of the knowledge of the person who signs the statement; and


that is dated and signed

communication address means an electronic address at which communications may be received from the case management facility

drawings includes line drawings, flow sheets, diagrams, photographs, and other digital images

fee means a fee or charge payable under the Act or these regulations



means issue, supply, produce, provide, file, send, serve, or give in any other way; and


in respect of information or documents that are given by the Commissioner, includes to make the information or document accessible to the relevant person through the case management facility

information or a document has the same meaning as in section 229(6) of the Act

national phase means the period of time commencing when the applicant has fulfilled the applicant’s obligations under Article 22(1) or 39(1)(a) of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (other than the obligation to file a verified translation)

proceeding means a proceeding under the Act or these regulations

verified translation means a translation into English of an accompanying document that has a certificate of verification attached

working day means a day of the week other than—


Saturday, Sunday, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Anzac Day, the Sovereign’s birthday, Labour Day, and Waitangi Day; and


the anniversary day for Wellington; and


a day in the period that commences with 25 December in any year and ends with 2 January in the following year; and


if 1 January in any year falls on a Friday, the following Monday; and


if 1 January in any year falls on a Saturday or a Sunday, the following Monday and Tuesday; and


if Waitangi Day or Anzac Day falls on a Saturday or a Sunday, the following Monday.


An example used in these regulations has the following status:


the example is only illustrative of the provision to which it relates and does not limit the provision; and


if the example and the provision to which it relates are inconsistent, the provision prevails.

Compare: SR 1992/316 r 2

Regulation 3(1) address for service: amended, on 5 April 2018, by regulation 4 of the Patents Amendment Regulations 2018 (LI 2018/34).