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. Hearing Officers

Date Published

Hearing officers are appointed from amongst patent examination staff members that have undergone appropriate training and met defined competency standards (see IP Rights Learning and Development Manual).

Hearing officers are generally assigned to hear matters based on considerations of administrative efficiency, but with due regard to:

  • the specific suitability of the officer given the field of technology of the case and any particular legal issues that arise; and
  • the availability of the officer.

Assignments will also have regard to any actual or potential conflict of interest, for example, hearing officers will not usually hear an opposition if they have previously been involved in the examination of the application.

Amended Reasons

Amended Reason Date Amended
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