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. Does the Document Constitute a Single Source of Information

Date Published

Key Legislation:

Patents Act:

  • s7 Novelty, inventive step and innovative step  

    Related Chapters: 

    • Mosaics and Related Documents

    Under s7(3), any prior art information used to establish a lack of inventive step has to be made publicly available in either:

    • a single document or through doing a single act; or

    • two or more related documents or doing two or more related acts, if the relationship between the documents or acts is such that a person skilled in the art would treat them as a single source of that information.

    Some guidance on when two or more documents constitute a single source of information is provided in Nicaro Holdings Pty Ltd v Martin Engineering Co16 IPR 545. The conditions are the same as for novelty and are discussed in Mosaics and Related Documents.

    Amended Reasons

    Amended Reason Date Amended
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