Associate Patent Examiner(Electrical/ ICT)

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    1 month ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
  • Category: Legal
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 03-FEB-20
  • Job Reference: MBIE/1446204
  • Job Title: Associate Patent Examiner(Electrical/ ICT)
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  • Summary:
  • An excellent career path that combines electrical and telecommunications engineering and law
  • Structured progression framework to senior roles
  • Flexible working options that work for you


We help people protect intellectual property 

The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand grants patents 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 a central location on Lambton Quay in Wellington close to buses, trains, and good food.


A patent examiners job is diverse and interesting

If you have an interest in the latest technology, you should consider a career as a patent examiner. We are looking for people to join our Electrical/ ICT 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.


In the Electrical/ ICT team you will be at the forefront of electrical and telecommunications technology. The patent applications you assess will varied and diverse. They will cover an expansive range of electrical, electronic, and telecommunications fields.


We are looking for people trained in electrical and ICT technology

You would be a great candidate if you:

  • Have a relevant qualification or industry experience in electrical engineering, physics, mechatronics, telecommunications, information science,  computing, or a related technical field
  • Are interested in learning about all electrical and telecommunications technologies
  • Can evaluate complex information quickly to make effective decisions
  • Have a desire to learn about intellectual property law
  • 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


Other things we would 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 (eg, 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 associate 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 a New Zealand citizen or Permanent Resident. 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