How to make changes to your application

If you need to make amendments to your patent application, including specifications, you'll need to follow our requirements to ensure the changes are captured clearly.  

You can make changes to your patent application. This includes:

  1. The specification (excluding the abstract)
  2. Your details.

What to include and how to include it

You'll need to provide amendments in three steps:

  1. Provide changes by substituting whole pages
    When submitting the changes that you want to make, you'll need to do this one whole page at a time. You can't make changes on the old document.
  2. Provide an additional copy of the new pages showing where the changes have been made
    You'll need to submit an additional copy of the amended pages with tracked changes, so we can clearly see what updates have been made.
  3. Summarise the changes in a Statement of Proposed Amendments
    This is a list of all of the amendments you're proposing, numbered consecutively. This must be a separate document or on a separate page. You can use the template below to get you started.

If you choose to file further statements for this application, you should continue the consecutive numbering. This means that all amendments relating to this application will have a unique number, even if there are multiple rounds of amendments submitted.

Adding or deleting numbered paragraphs or pages from the description can cause confusion. You must follow these conventions:

  • Where amendments require new paragraphs to be inserted, then the new paragraphs should be allocated the same number as the preceding paragraph followed by an alphabet letter starting with the letter 'a'.

For example, if two new paragraphs are inserted between paragraphs [0001] and [0002], then the new paragraph numbering between paragraphs [0001] and [0002] should be '[0001a] and [0001b]'.

  • Where amendments require paragraphs to be deleted and the remaining paragraphs aren't renumbered, add a comment stating, 'paragraphs [number/s] intentionally deleted' in place of those deleted paragraphs.

For example, if two paragraphs after paragraph [0001] are to be deleted, then the new paragraph numbering should be '[0001], [paragraphs 0002-0003 intentionally deleted], [0004]'.

  • Where additional pages are required because of amendments, then the extra pages should be allocated the same Arabic numeral number as the preceding page followed by an alphabet letter starting with letter 'a'.

For example, '1a, 1b, 1c'.

  • If a page is deleted and the remaining pages aren't renumbered, then a blank page with the statement 'page intentionally left blank' should be inserted in place of the deleted page.

If amendments add or delete one or more claims, you must re-number the claim numbers and page numbers consecutively.  

If amendments add or delete one or more drawings, you must re-number the drawing numbers and page numbers consecutively.

How to make changes to your details

You can update the details of your patent request after you've filed your application. We'll make these changes to the official patent register.

 This includes changes to:

  • The applicant's name
  • Inventor name
  • Title of the invention
  • Contact details
  • Address
  • Agent details 
  • Add/delete an inventor.
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