Australian Patent Office

Manual of Practice and Procedure

Guidance regarding patentable subject matter has been enhanced to assist in the identification of the “substance of the invention”.  See:

•  2.9.2.2 Principles for Examination
•  2.9.2.5 Discoveries, Ideas, Scientific Theories, Schemes and Plans
•  2.9.2.6 Nucleic Acids and Genetic Information
•  2.9.2.7 Computer Implemented Inventions – Schemes and Business Methods
•  2.9.2.9 Games and Gaming Machines
•  2.9.2.10 Mathematical Algorithms

Updates

Part Amended

Amendment Reason

Updated

2.19.1.4 Patent Must be in Force

Updated to include further information on checking whether the parent of an application for a patent of addition is in force.

01 April 2019

2.19.3 Improvement and Modification

Updated to include a reference to case law.

01 April 2019

2.17.2 Date of Publication

2.17.3 OPI Notified by Error

Annex A - Bar-to-Grant Letter

2.23.2.8 Unfinalised Proposed Amendments Prior to Examination

2.23.4.1 Fees Required for Amendment Requests

2.23.5.3 Allowing Amendments After Granting Leave

2.31.3.2 Formalities to be Checked

Minor updates.

01 April 2019

4.1.4.3.3 Non-Patent Literature

Minor typo correction

01 April 2019

1.1.19 Annex S - Refund of Search Fees

1.2.2 Introduction - International Type Searching

Updated to reflect current practice and correct the references to the PCT guideline and Patents Act.

01 April 2019

2.4.3.1 Introduction

Renamed from Introduction Applying

01 April 2019

2.4.5.1 Introduction

Renamed from Introduction Construing

01 April 2019

2.4.4.4 Mosaics and Related Documents

Link added

01 April 2019

2.4.8.1 Introduction

Renamed from Introduction Not all Features

01 April 2019

2.4.11.1 Introduction

Renamed from Introduction Whole of Contents

01 April 2019

2.21.1 Introduction

Renamed from Introduction Convention

01 April 2019

2.23.11.1 General Comments

Renamed from General Comments Grant

01 April 2019

2.31.4.1 Introduction

Renamed from Introduction Exam Innov

01 April 2019

2.31.4.5.3 Novelty

Renamed from Novelty Innov

01 April 2019

 

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