Welcome to the new version of the Patents Manual. Please note there are changes to the numbering and sequence of the chapters and pages in the manual. You are encouraged to take the time to explore and familiarise yourself with this new structure. Withdrawal of a request to amend

Date Published


The applicant or patentee may withdraw an amendment request at any time before the amendment is allowed.

Examination practice

To withdraw an amendment request, the applicant or patentee must file a written request to do so. They can do this at any time before the amendment is allowed.

Withdrawal of a request is considered to be termination of the request. There is no fee for this.

Withdrawal request after the amendment has been allowed

Once amendments are allowed, they cannot be withdrawn. The applicant/patentee will need to file a new amendment request to revert the amendments. Examiners need to consider such requests carefully, because reversing an amendment may broaden the scope of an accepted claim and would therefore not be allowable under s102(2)(a). (See also Allowability of amendments after acceptance)

Amended Reasons

Amended Reason Date Amended

Published for testing

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