Associate Hearings Case Officer - IPONZ

Posted on 13-Mar-2018
Application Close Date: 26-Mar-2018
Job Details
Position Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
Job Reference:
Share This Job:
  • IPONZ Associate Hearings Case Officer role administering contested patent, trade mark, design, plant variety rights and geographical indication 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, including patent, trade mark, design, plant variety rights and geographical indications.


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 for the various IP rights mentioned above. IPONZ proceedings are subject to formal pleading and evidential requirements, which are similar to the requirements under the High Court Rules. 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
  • Strong critical reasoning
  • Ability to deal with difficult situations under pressure
  • Capacity to understand and resolve complex issues
  • Ability to develop your knowledge of relevant legislation and case law
  • Be comfortable using electronic case management systems
  • The ability to work well as part of 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 other requirements of the role description.



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.

If you have any further questions please contact Rosie Horsfall at quoting MBIE/1323822.


Applications close 5pm, 26th March 2018.