Directions to request examination

At a glance

Policy ID: 109

Status: Closed

Priority: No priority assigned


Issue summary

The current Patents regulation 3.16 prescribes the grounds on which direction to request examination of a patent application can be made.

Under this proposal, IP Australia would seek to amend the regulation to provide more flexibility to the way direction for requesting examination can be made. This will allow better use of examination resources to deliver more efficient examination, delivering a better service to patent applicants.


  • On hold 1 April 2020
  • Priority reviewed August 2020
  • Closed 5 December 2022


This item has been closed as a new directions strategy is already in place.

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