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Engineering: Patents

Welcome to your guide to finding information for engineering.

What is a patent?

"A patent gives you a legal right to stop others from making, using, or selling something you have invented for up to 20 years. Your rights only exist in the country or region where your patent is granted."  IPONZ

If you are filing a patent in New Zealand you may want to consider filing in other countries where your invention has commercial value.

Intellectual property

Intellectual Property at AUT

Intellectual property in New Zealand

Protect your ideas!  Register your trademark, company name, domain name or design.  Apply for patents.

Searching for patents

Before you begin in-depth research do an extensive search for similar patents in New Zealand and worldwide to ensure the work has not already been patented.  Espacenet is one of the best databases.

New Zealand patents

Searching for international patents

Referencing in APA 7th

Reference format

Author Date Title Source
Inventor, A. B.  (Year patent issued). Title of the patent (Patent number). Source Name. URL
  • Use the patent acceptance date


Brisebois, A. R., Mikau, J. & Huber, K. (2019). Collection of crowd-sourced access point data for 5G or other next generation network (U.S. Patent 20190200254 A1). U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Kasabov, N. K. (2010). Data analysis and predictive systems and related methodologies (N.Z. Patent 572036).  New Zealand Intellectual Property Office.

Kasabov, N.K., Hou, Z., Feigin, V. & Chen, Y. (2015). Improved method and system for predicting outcomes based on spatio / spectro-temporal data (WIPO Patent WO/2015/030606). World Intellectual Property Organization.

Standards and patents use the style for reports and gray literature in the APA 7th Manual, section 10.4.

Find how to cite in text on the In-text citation page.

Referencing in Harvard - example

Kasabov, N. K. 2010, Data analysis and predictive systems and related methodologies, NZ Patent No. 572036, viewed 18 October 2019,