Updates to Patents Examination Manual

Updates to Patents Examination Manual

IPONZ has made a number of recent updates to the Patents Examination Manual.

The new section outlines the circumstances under which disclosure of an invention may be disregarded as per Section 9 of the Patents Act 2013.

Sections on the amendment of description, claims and drawings of Treaty applications and deposit requirements for micro-organisms have also been updated.

Section 9: Disregarding certain disclosures

This new section outlines the circumstances under which the disclosure of matters constituting an invention may be disregarded for the purposes of determining novelty or inventive step. This discussion also includes details on how applicants may request to have these disregarded.

Section 9: Disregarding certain disclosures

Amendment of description, claims and drawings of Treaty applications

This section of the patents examination manual has been updated to remove paragraph 14.

Amendment of description, claims and drawings of Treaty applications

Section 43: Deposit requirements for micro-organisms

This existing section of the patents examination manual has been updated to remove extraneous content, provide better clarity, and update links to external websites.

Section 43: Deposit requirements for micro-organisms