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
3.3.2 General Approach to Examination

Link added to refer to related page manual pages 3.3.2.1 and 5.6.2.8

7.2.7.1 Procedure

Page updated to recite the principles relating to filing of evidence in substantive oppositions under Reg 5.9

7.2.8.1 Procedure - Requests for the Commissioner to Make a Determination of Entitlement

Page updated to recite the principles relating to filing of evidence in substantive oppositions under Reg 5.9

5.6.2.1 Request for Examination

Updated link to Annex A List of Offices of Earlier Examination

5.6.13.1 Commencing re-examination

Page updated to include additional guidance on process to be followed to allow reporting system to capture data relating to decision not to re-examine

5.6.13.2 Re-examination process

Page updated to include additional guidance on process to be followed to allow reporting system to capture data relating to decision not to re-examine

Annex A List of Offices of Earlier Examination

Page details updated to allow for external publication

5.6.4.5 Third Party Notifications

Incorrect link to 5.6.9.2 changed to 5.6.9.3

6.1.18.3 Summary

Page revised to allow for restoration of content relating to IP Australia's implementation of ST.26 Standard

6.1.18.2 Office Practice

Page revised to allow for restoration of content relating to IP Australia's implementation of ST.26 Standard

6.1.18.1 Background Nucleotide and/or Amino Acid Sequence Listings

Page revised to allow for restoration of content relating to IP Australia's implementation of ST.26 Standard

Volume 3. Quality and Customer Engagement
3.5.4 Other restrictions imposed on examiners
3.5.3 Providing advice to applicants and third parties
3.5.2 Conflict of interest
3.5.1 Commissioner’s power to make delegations, and types of delegations
3.5 Staff Delegations, and Restrictions on Providing Customer Assistance
3.4 Assisting unrepresented (private) applicants
3.3.4 Communicating with the Applicant and Third Parties
3.3.3 Reserving Opinion and Restricting Search
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