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Associate Patent Examiners

Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment
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IT & computing
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

  • Unique opportunity to be an integral part of a compact and highly proficient patent examination team
  • Entry level permanent opportunities base in Wellington
  • Salary offer between <<$48  - $55k>>


If you enjoy being at the forefront of technology, have an eye for detail and excellent analytical skills, then consider a career as a patent examiner.


As a patent examiner you'll use your technical and legal skills to assess applications for patents, which are granted to applicants to give them the right to stop other people using, selling or making their inventions.


Working for IPONZ you'll check that the invention is new, clear and inventive, not merely an adjustment to something which already exists, by carrying out searches using NZ and foreign patent specifications, technical literature and databases. And to report your findings clearly to inventors or their representatives applying sound legal and technical reasoning.


As an entry level Associate Patent Examiner you will join a unique professional team with structured career development opportunities leading to higher examination roles. You will be provided with training on patent law and practice, and a variety of other training opportunities to support your professional development.


Interested Candidates will:

  • Have a Science, Engineering or ICT degree or equivalent technical experience
  • Possess highly proficient verbal and written English language skills
  • Have the ability to quickly evaluate complex information  
  • Be disciplined  and have an eye for detail
  • Have a genuine interest in technology
  • Be focused, conscientious, adaptable, and practical


To find out more about this position and how to join MBIE, please refer to the attached Role Description or contact


Applicants must be New Zealand citizen or Permanent Residents. To apply for this position, please click the ‘Apply Now' button. This will allow you to register your details and submit your application for this vacancy. 


Your application must include a Cover Letter, CV and Transcript (official or unofficial).


Applications close at 5pm on Thursday 24th August  2017

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