Quality Assurance Processes

Date Published

All reports on amendments to a granted patent are checked by a senior examiner.

The object of the checking is to ensure that there is no consequential broadening of the scope of the monopoly, as this is the area of greatest risk to the public interest. Of particular concern are cases where there is a change in the type of claim, e.g. method claims are initially present and apparatus or substance per se claims are introduced.

Where an amendment merely corrects typographical errors, the checking is complete when this is determined.