Australian Patent Office

Manual of Practice and Procedure

An adaptive version of the manual is now available to allow easier browsing on tablet and mobile devices.

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

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


Part Amended

Amendment Reason


1.10.1 Current Allocation of PCT Related Duties

Updated to reflect current contact officers.

1 February 2019 Expedited Examination Under the Global Patent Prosecution Highway

Updated to indicate that the National Institute for the Defense of Competition and the Protection of Intellectual Property of Peru (INDECOPI) joined the GPPH on 6 January 2019.

1 February 2019

2.14 Modified Examination

Sections 2.14.1 - 2.14.8 deleted; overview added to 2.14; consequential amendments to 2.2.8 Summary of IP Reform Changes and 5.10.16 Modified Examination

1 February 2019 Three Person Team (3PT)

Amended to include a cross reference to 4.3.1 to 4.3.15 where information on Examiner technology specialisations is held.  

1 February 2019


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