Patent Attorney services in New Zealand

  1. These additional Terms of Engagement apply when Acacia IP provides New Zealand Patent Attorney services. See our main conditions as well.
  2. All Patent Attorneys providing services to you through Acacia IP are members of the NZIPA (New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys).
  3. We abide by the NZIPA Code of Conduct.
  4. If you have a complaint concerning the quality of New Zealand Patent Attorney services you receive, a complaint can be lodged with the NZIPA Disciplinary Council. Their web site is:
  5. All Patent Attorneys providing services to you through Acacia IP are registered in terms of section 100 of the Patents Act 1953.
  6. Both Acacia IP and you are bound by section 104 of the Patents Act 1953.
  7. Section 104 reads:            104. Recovery of patent attorney’s charges (a) No patent attorney shall commence or maintain any action for the recovery of any fees, charges, or disbursements paid or incurred or made by him for any business done by him as a patent attorney until the expiration of 7 days after a bill of the fees, charges and disbursements, signed by him (or, in the case of a partnership, by any of the partners with the name of the partnership), or enclosed in or accompanied by a letter signed in like manner referring to the bill, has been delivered to the party chargeable.  (b) The delivery may be effected either by personal delivery to the party chargeable or by leaving the bill or letter for him at his place of business, or dwelling, house, or last known place of abode, or by forwarding it to him by post in a registered letter addressed to him as aforesaid. Where it is forwarded by post as aforesaid, it shall be deemed to have been delivered at the time at which the letter would have been delivered in the ordinary course of post.
  8. Acacia IP and you agree to the use of electronic signatures and technology as set out in sections 16 and 22 of the Electronic Transactions Act 2002 for the purposes of communications under section 104 of the Patents Act 1953.

Effective from 2 August 2010