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. Definition of a clerical error

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A clerical error is a mistake that occurs in the course of some mechanical process such as writing, transcribing, or copying. It is distinct from an error arising during the intellectual process (for example, from a lack of knowledge or error in reasoning).

An example of a clerical error is a person omitting information or inputting incorrect information due to an incorrect template document.

Clerical errors may also arise without intention, such as where a clerk misreads instructions and transcribes or writes the instruction as misread.

A poor translation is generally not a clerical error, as it arises from a lack of knowledge of the foreign language.

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Published for testing

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