Patent practice guideline amendment
Provisional specifications not required with a new divisional application.
Antedated divisional applications
Under previous practice (see Practice Note No. 8 and Information for Clients No. 23), where a new divisional application has been made and which claims antedating to the date of an earlier provisional application, IPONZ would require that applicants provide a copy of the specification of any such provisional specifications.
In a change to practice, although the fee is still required, it is now no longer necessary to file a copy of any provisional specifications with a new divisional application. For more information about this change click here.