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.

Recent updates

Item amended Date Amended Amended Reason
5.6.7.5 Best method

Page updated to correct a typographical error

6.2.1 Procedural Outline - International Type Search

Updated link to Annex D to redirect to correct document

6.2.10 Annexes

Updated links to Annexes D and E to redirect to correct documents

Volume 6. International

Update links to Annexes D and E in under 6.2.10

6.9.5 Examiners with Foreign Language Capabilities

Updated list of verified translators to current roster

5.6.2.1 Request for Examination

Fixed the broken link to Annex A - List of Offices of Earlier Examination.

EPOQUE-User-Reference-Guide.pdf

First Publication of Document

5.6.4.6 Identifying and raising citations

Replaced the outdated references to COMPASS with Citation Manager.

5.6.13.2 Re-examination process

Clarified language around re-exam tasks to be completed in PAMS in the Initial Report section

7.12.4 Calculating the Length of the Extension of Term

Reinstating content relating to decisions in Commissioner v Ono and Merk v Sandoz inadvertently omitted during manual migration.

7.12.2.1 Documentation Required

Reinstating content relating to decisions in Commissioner v Ono and Merk v Sandoz inadvertently omitted during manual migration.

7.12.2.2 Time for Applying

Reinstating content relating to decisions in Commissioner v Ono and Merk v Sandoz inadvertently omitted during manual migration.

7.12.1.8 First Regulatory Approval Date

Reinstating content relating to decisions in Commissioner v Ono and Merk v Sandoz inadvertently omitted during manual migration.

7.2.1.1 Commencing the Opposition - Filing a Notice of Opposition
4.2.2.1.3 Places that cannot be the First Symbol

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4.2.2.1.2 Classifying in Residual Places

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4.2.2.1.1 Application of Indexing Codes/2000 Series

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4.2.1.1.4 Function-Oriented and Application-Oriented Places

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4.2.1.2.6 Combination Set (C-set)

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4.2.1.2 Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC)

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