Updates to Patents Examination Manual

Updates to Patents Examination Manual

IPONZ has updated its Patents Examination Manual to remove ambiguous references, and clarify deadlines in situations where non-substantive responses are received in response to an examination report.

Following regular reviews and consultation with our Patents Technical Focus Group, we have updated existing sections of our Patents Examination Manual as follows.

Section 39: Contents of complete specification

We have recently updated this section to remove ambiguous content relating to “reach through” claims.

Section 67: Applicants must act by deadline if deadline set by Commissioner

We have updated this section to clarify our practices in relation to non-substantive responses to examination reports. In general, examination reports that are issued in reply to non-substantive responses should expect to have shorter deadlines than those issued in reply to substantive responses.


Published on March 9, 2022