Lapsing under Regulation 22.2B

Date Published

If a provisional specification is filed with a request for a patent, or a complete specification is filed with a request for an innovation patent or a standard patent, but the appropriate fees are not paid when payable, the Commissioner may within one month invite payment of the fee. The fee must then be paid within two months of the date of the invitation. If the fee is not paid within this period, the application will lapse (or the will patent cease, as appropriate) at the end of the two month period.

Note: Under Regulation 22.2F, if the Commissioner does not give the invitation within one month, the application will not lapse.