Legislation that will establish a single trans-Tasman patent attorney regime has been introduced to Parliament.
Commerce Minister Paul Goldsmith says it means New Zealand businesses won't have to have duplicate patent applications in both jurisdictions.
Patent attorneys will benefit from significant time and cost savings, he says.
"The establishment of a single joint registration regime allows them to seamlessly practice in both Australia and New Zealand," he said.
"A modern occupational framework, with single qualification requirements and professional standards, will give businesses increased confidence in the advice given by patent attorneys to protect their inventions and ideas."
The Patents (Trans-Tasman Patent Attorneys and Other Matters) Amendment Bill will go on Parliament's order paper for a first reading.