Last updated: 
13 July 2020

We will respond to correspondence relating to your application within four weeks. We will issue a decision following a hearing within three months. We will issue a first report for a standard patent within 12 months. We will issue a first report for an expedited patent examination within eight weeks.

The below table shows, by Working Group, the approximate filing month of the examination requests we are currently processing.

Working Group

We are currently processing examination requests filed in (or around)

CHEM 1 - Biotechnology

Feb 2019

CHEM 2 - Chemical Compounds

Aug 2019

CHEM 3 - Bio-therapeutics

Aug 2019

CHEM 4 - Polymers and Applied Chemistry

Sep 2019

CHEM 5 – Pharmaceuticals

Sep 2019

ELEC 1 - Physics

Sep 2019

ELEC 2 - Electronics and Communications

Sep 2019

ELEC 3 - Computing

Sep 2019

ELEC 4 - Data Processing and Measurements

Aug 2019

MECH 1 - Mechanical Engineering

Aug 2019

MECH 2 - Construction and Mining

Jul 2019

MECH 3 - Process Engineering

Aug 2019

MECH 4 - Medical Devices

Jul 2019

MECH 5 - Packaging and Appliances

Apr 2019

 

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