Updates to the Patents Examination Manual

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Updates to the Patents Examination Manual

IPONZ has updated its Patents Examination Manual to include new sections on patent restorations and extensions of time, and take recent Hearings Office decisions into account.

New Patents Examination Manual sections

We have added new sections to our Patents Examination Manual covering Sections 117 to 128 of the Patents Act 2013, and Regulation 147 of the Patents Regulations 2014. The new sections are as follows: 

Sections 117 to 128: Restoration of patents and patent applications

This new section outlines our practice and procedures relating to the restoration of patent cases.

Regulation 147: Extensions of time in exceptional circumstances

This new section outlines our guidelines, practices and commentary on requests for extensions of time under Regulation 147.

Update to section on Regulation 82: Claims overlap between parent and divisional applications

We have recently updated the section of our Patents Examination Manual on Regulation 82: Claims overlap between parent & divisional applications. This is to take into account the following recent Hearings Office decisions:

View our updated section on Regulation 82: Claims overlap between parent and divisional applications.

Published on November 2, 2021