Change in Practice - Case Management of Divisional Patent Applications
25 Mar 2011
In February, we changed our practice with regard to the Case Management of Divisional Patent Applications.
The changes included the addition of a paragraph to the bottom of First Examination Reports. Where the application is a Divisional application and at least one objection is based on the same grounds objected to in the examination of the earlier patent application, the paragraph could read:
We have received a number of requests from customers to move this paragraph to the front of the report in order to make it more visible and ensure it was seen as soon as the report is received, so immediate action can be taken to respond in time.
As of 18 March 2011, the practice examiners are to follow has been changed in line with these customer requests. This paragraph will now appear on the first page of the Examiner's report, directly under the introductory paragraph and trust this now better suits the needs of our customers.
Last Updated: 14/3/2013