Associate Hearings Case Officer

Posted on 17-Mar-2017
Application Close Date: 31-Mar-2017
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Ongoing - Full Time
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  • IPONZ Associate Hearings Officer role administering contested patent, trade mark, design and plant variety rights cases
  • Permanent opportunity
  • Wellington based


Why work for us?

This is a great opportunity to join the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) - Hearings Office in an entry level role. The work is interesting, challenging, and fast paced, and you will be joining a highly capable and supportive team.


What we do:

The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) is responsible for granting and registration of valuable intellectual property rights, namely patent, trade mark, design and plant variety rights.

The IPONZ Hearings Office (where this opportunity exists) is a specialist sub-team within the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand.

The IPONZ Hearings Office is a quasi-judicial tribunal, whose role is to provide clients with an efficient, cost effective, and high quality hearings service to help them resolve their complex intellectual property (IP) disputes involving patents, trademarks, designs, and plant variety rights. Cases are heard by independent specialist IP decision makers (IPONZ Assistant Commissioners) and all decisions are directly appealable to the High Court.


All IPONZ hearing decisions can be found here:


About the role:

As an Associate Hearings Case Officer you will be directly responsible for administering the process for hearing proceedings cases to ensure they progress smoothly and efficiently to a hearing before an Assistant Commissioner, while ensuring compliance with all relevant legislation, case law, and internal practices and policies. You will also be expected to facilitate and maintain effective and professional client relationships.


To succeed in the role you must have:

  • A good intellect with high levels of emotional intelligence
  • Excellent plain-English writing skills (good structure, clear and concise)
  • Good verbal communication and capable of expressing complex ideas clearly
  • Sound interpersonal skills and focused on client service
  • The maturity to make sound decisions and deal with difficult situations
  • Ability to understand and resolve complex issues under pressure
  • Ability to develop your knowledge of relevant legislation and case law
  • Be capable of working methodically through complex procedural issues
  • Be comfortable using electronic case management systems
  • The ability to fit into a high performing team
  • Be capable of managing professional client relationships
  • A relevant tertiary qualification and/or experience in a general IP, legal, litigation, or regulatory operations environment is desirable, but not essential if you meet the person specification in the role description.


To find out more about this opportunity, please refer to the attached Role Description or contact Kirsty Bradshaw at


How to apply:

Click on the APPLY button below in order to be directed to our on-line careers website.  You may view a position description at this site, as well as complete the on-line application, and upload a CV and cover letter. For tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be submitted via our on-line process.


Applications close 5pm, Friday 31st March 2017