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WARNING - Patent Act 1953 information
The content below relates to applications with a complete specification filed before 13 September 2014.
Below is a list of archived practice guidelines published by IPONZ under the 1953 Patents Act. These guidelines provide detailed information for patent practices including filing requirements and our examination and processing activities.
The Patents Act 2013 commenced fully on 13 September 2014.
The Patents Act 1953 and Patents Regulations 1954 continue to apply to applications with a filing date of before 13 September 2014.
If you filed your application after 12 September 2014 please refer to the Patent Examination Manual for current patents information.