Associate Patent Examiner (Mechanical)

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    2 months ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
  • Category: Legal
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 03-FEB-20
  • Job Reference: MBIE/1446203
  • Job Title: Associate Patent Examiner (Mechanical)
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  • Summary:
  • Excellent career path that combines engineering and law
  • Structured progression framework to senior roles
  • Flexible working options that work for you
  • Entry level permanent opportunities


We help people protect intellectual property


The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) grants and and registers designs and trade marks in New Zealand. The role of the patents team is to help people and businesses protect their inventions. Patents are granted to stop others from making, using, or selling a new invention. We operate from Wellington at a great central location on Lambton Quay close to buses, trains, and great food.


A patent examiners job is diverse and interesting

If you enjoy working with and learning about technology then you should consider a career as a patent examiner.  We are looking for people with a relevant qualification or industry experience in mechanical engineering or a related technical field to join our Mechanical Team as Associate Patent Examiners.


An associate patent examiner is the first step towards becoming a patent examiner.  We will provide you with comprehensive training to start you in your new career.


In your work you will assess patent applications covering the latest technology. During your assessment you will carry out database searches and technical literature reviews. You will report on whether the invention in a patent application is new and inventive.


Patent examiners in the Mechanical Team focus on goods manufactured by industry or the methods used for the manufacture of those goods. The patent applications examined are varied and diverse, for example, relating to ships, engines, medical equipment, fabric, containers, bridges, air bags, ladders, plumbing, buildings, fishing, milking, ground remediation, optics, and even new wheels.


We are looking for people trained in engineering or a related technical field

You would be a great candidate if you:

  • Have a relevant qualification or industry experience in engineering or related technical field
  • Have a genuine interest in technology
  • Have a desire to learn about intellectual property law
  • Can evaluate complex information quickly to make effective decisions
  • Can clearly communicate complex ideas in written and verbal form
  • Can prioritise work to meet deadlines
  • Are a conscientious team member who wants to contribute to a great work culture
  • Want to apply your talents to make IPONZ the best patent office in the world
  • Are a focused, conscientious, and adaptable team member


Other things we would also be interested in are:

  • Technical or business writing skills
  • Experience in training or coaching others
  • Any training in law


Benefits of working at IPONZ

An award winning training program to help you develop a successful career

  • A structured and transparent progression pathway to senior level positions
  • Flexible working opportunities (e.g., flexible hours, remote working, condensed week)
  • A starting salary of <<$52  – $62k>> which scales fairly as you progress
  • A management team who are dedicated to your growth and success
  • A friendly and inclusive team environment


Here’s what you need to apply

Click ‘Apply Now’ and tell us how you would be a great patent examiner.


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 5pm, 17th of February 2020