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. Refund Due

Date Published

Where a refund may be due, then upon completion of the ISR and ISO examiners are to fill out the respective forms, either PCT/ISA/213 (if a refund is recommended) or PCT/ISA/224 (if a refund is not appropriate). See RIO for Patents Manual (Create Correspondence task).

Upon completing either form, it will be sent to the Supervising Examiner for approval as they are the ‘Authorising officer'. Approval should be obtained from the Supervising Examiner no later than 1 week prior to the 9 week date for establishment of the ISR and ISO.

Examiners should refer to Annex S – Refund of Search Fees which sets out the circumstances in which a refund may be due.  To assist their Supervising Examiner, examiners may refer to these circumstances in a brief file note as to the extent of the search in light of the earlier search, and as to the quantum of refund accordingly recommended.

Note:  All refunds are to be stated in Australian dollar amounts only.  For the search fee amount, see Patent Regulations, Schedule 7, Part 3 item 302.

Amended Reasons

Amended Reason Date Amended

Published for testing

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