This manual provides guidance on the administrative procedure for patent and design right proceedings.
It includes detailed desk instructions on the practices and procedures for formal examination and processing of statements and evidence filed in inter partes proceedings before the Comptroller and in the formal processing of ex parte proceedings.
We update the manual regularly to include changes in practice and procedure. Changes are indicated by a line in the margin, and there is a schedule of the latest changes in the Introduction.
Some of the guidance contained in the October 2007 manual may still apply in certain circumstances and is available in the Litigation manual archive.
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- Introduction (27Kb)
- Contents (15Kb)
- Chapter 1: Standard Procedures (287Kb)
- Chapter 2: Statement of Case (55Kb)
- Chapter 3: Evidence (97Kb)
- Chapter 4; Hearings (168Kb)
- Chapter 5: Decisions (126Kb)
- Chapter 6: Appeals (159Kb)
- Chapter 7: Sections 8, 10,12 & 37 Entitlement (50Kb)
- Chapter 8: Section 13 Mention of Inventor (50Kb)
- Chapter 9: Oppositions (40Kb)
- Chapter 10: Section 40 Compensation of Employees for Certain Inventions (31Kb)
- Chapter 11: Section 46 Settlement of Terms of Licence of Right (36Kb)
- Chapter 12: Section 48 Compulsory Licences (40Kb)
- Chapter 13: Section 71 Declaration as to Non Infringement (38Kb)
- Chapter 14: Section 72 Application for Revocation (99Kb)
- Chapter 15: Design Right (40Kb)
- Chapter 16: Complex Problems (103Kb)
- Chapter 17: Application to Amend the Specification under Section 27 (187Kb)
- Chapter 18: Section 29 Surrender of Patents (95Kb)
- Chapter 19: Section 47 Cancellation of Licence of Right (63Kb)
- Chapter 20: Claim for Revocation (70Kb)
- Chapter 21: Revocation on the Comptrollers Initiative Section 73(1) (190Kb)
- Chapter 22: Revocation on the Comptrollers Initiative Section 73(2) (186Kb)
- Chapter 23: Section 75 Amendment of Patent in Infringement or Revocation Proceedings (214Kb)
- Chapter 24: Section 117 Correction of Errors (193Kb)
- Chapter 25: Making up of Files (79Kb)
- Chapter 26: Preparation of Patents and Designs Journal Entries (62Kb)
- Chapter 27: Clear Records (31Kb)
- Chapter 28: Restorations (195Kb)
- Chapter 29: Section 74A Requests for Opinions (169Kb)
- Chapter 30: Section 74B Reviews of Opinions (90Kb)
- Chapter 31: Miscellaneous (63Kb)
- Logic of Hearings Spreadsheet (47Kb)
- Legal Terms (104Kb)
- Index (57Kb)