Senior Patent Examiner

Date:  20-Nov-2022

Auckland, NZ, 1010

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE


  • Senior level examination opportunity.
  • Flexible working options including remote working, flexible work hours, compressed working week, and the ability to work from locations other than Wellington.
  • Training in coaching and communication skills.
  • A friendly and inclusive team environment, and a management team who are dedicated to your growth and success.
  • Salary range – $95,103 - $115,585
  • Location: Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch.

Tēnei tūranga -

About the role:

We are looking for someone to join our team as a Senior Patent Examiner.

As a Senior Patent Examiner, you will use your analytical skills, technical expertise and knowledge of intellectual property law to examine patent applications, manage internal processes, and provide training and coaching to other examiners. You’ll consider cutting edge technologies and keep up with the state of the art.

The role of the patents team is to help people and businesses protect their inventions and gain a competitive edge in the marketplace, by granting a legal right to stop others from making, using, or selling an invention.

At the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) we grant and register patents, designs, trade marks, and other IP rights in New Zealand.  Through the provision of our services, we aim to ensure people realise the full economic potential of their intellectual property.

Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana -

Skills and experience required:

We are looking for a Senior Patent Examiner, who has prior patent examination experience and the ability to coach and mentor examination colleagues.  You will need the following skills and experience:


•    A relevant qualification or industry experience in science, engineering or a related technical field.  We are particularly interested in in mechanical engineering, electrical, mechatronics, or telecommunications engineering or related technical field, and cross-discipline knowledge.


•    Patent examination experience and a firm understanding of the wider IP regulatory environment including New Zealand and international patent law, practice and procedures.


•    The ability to evaluate complex information quickly to make effective decisions.


•    Strong communication skills with the ability to communicate complex ideas in written and verbal form; technical or business writing skills preferred.


•    Proven ability to prioritise and manage work to meet tight deadlines.


•    A focused, conscientious, and adaptable team approach. 


•    Must have legal right to live and work in New Zealand.

Ētahi kōrero mō MBIE -

About MBIE:

MBIE's goal is to create a resilient and high-performing economy that delivers real and ongoing quality of life for all New Zealanders.


We do this by working with others to create an environment that supports businesses to be more productive and internationally competitive, enables all New Zealanders to participate in the economy through improved job opportunities and by working to ensure quality housing is more affordable.


People are at the heart of our mahi, our way of working is guided by our values which shape our behaviours.


  • Mahi Tahi – Better Together
  • Māia – Bold and brave
  • Pae Kahurangi – Build our Future
  • Pono Me Te Tika – Own It


Our aspirations are echoed in our Māori identity – Hīkina Whakatutuki – which broadly means ‘lifting to make successful'.

MBIE recognises the partnership founded under Te Tiriti o Waitangi between Māori and the Crown and is committed to giving effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We will do this through enduring, meaningful and effective partnerships with iwi, Māori, other Māori groups/organisations and the Crown, as this is critical to enable economic and social development, both for Māori and for wider Aotearoa New Zealand. We are committed to continuing to partner with iwi in order to find new sustainable solutions to address long standing systemic and cross-cutting issues facing Māori and wider Aotearoa New Zealand and we are also committed to identifying opportunities for iwi to lead and creating an enabling environment for iwi to leverage these opportunities.


E mōhio ana a Hīkina Whakatutuki i puea ake te kōtuinga I waenganui i a ngāi Māori me te Karauna i Te Tiriti o Waitangi, ā, kei te whai ia ki te whakaū ake i Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Mā te whai kiko o ngā kōtuinga ahungaroa o ngāi wi, o ngāi Māori, me ētahi atu rōpū Māori ki te Karauna, katutuki tēnei. He āhuatanga nui tēnei e āhei ai ngā mahi whanaketanga ā-ohanga, ā-pāpori hoki ki a ngāi Māori me Aotearoa whānui. E whai tonu ana mātou ki te kōtui atu ki ngā iwi mō te rapu huarahi hou ki te whakaara i ngā kaupapakua roa nei e tāmi ana i a ngāi Māori me Aotearoa whānui, ā, e whai ana hoki ki te tautohu i ngā āheinga kōkiritanga mā ngā iwi, me te tautoko i ngā iwi kia whai mana ake ai ēnei āheinga.

Me pēhea te tono -

How to apply:

Click here to view a position description. All applications must be submitted via our online process.  Email [[Apurva Raval]] at quoting ref MBIE/9410 if you have any further questions.

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

Applications close on Monday, 5th December 2022