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Patents protect the way things work – whether it is a new product, or a new way of doing things.

Only inventions that meet the legal criteria for “novelty” and “inventive step” will be eligible for a 20 year monopoly.

You MUST keep your new invention secret! Don’t sell it, use it commercially, or tell other people about it before you talk to us. If you do, it will no longer be “novel”.

How Saunders & Co adds value

Did you know that by law, a Patent Attorney is the only person who is allowed to be paid to prepare and file patent applications? We have the skills and experience to help you decide whether patent protection is the right commercial tool for your business.

Start with contacting us for a consultation, to determine your IP strategy. If it may include patenting – keep it secret!

Don’t miss out – ask for our expert advice.

External link to further information

Australia Govt Patents – Engaging An Attorney Toolkit


Virginia Nichols

Virginia Nichols

Senior Associate | Registered Patent Attorney (New Zealand and Australia)

T +64 3 963 1463
M +64 27 449 8893
E virginia.nichols@saunders.co.nz