Examination manuals

We review each new intellectual property (IP) right application. To help ensure consistency in our approach, our examiners are guided by a manual tailored to each type of IP right.  

What are examination manuals?

The examination manuals define the official procedures we use to examine applications and help our examiners make consistent decisions.

The manuals provide a reference guide for:

  • Identifying relevant legislation
  • Interpreting and applying the legislation.

The manuals aren't a user guide for completing an application for a new IP right.

Our manuals

Each IP right type has its own manual. You can access each manual online for free.

Trade marks manual

The trade marks manual helps our trade marks examiners:

  • Get information on practice and procedure for filing, examining and registering a trade mark
  • Apply our procedure for searching and examining trade mark applications and related actions
  • Implement the provisions and regulations of the Trade Marks Act 1995.

Access the Trade Marks Manual

Patents manual

The manual helps our patent examiners:

  • Get information on practice and procedure for filing, examining and registering a patent
  • Apply our procedure for searching and examining national and international patent applications and related actions
  • Implement the provisions and regulations of the Patents Act 1990.

Access the Patents Manual

Design rights manual

The designs manual helps our design rights examiners:

  • Get information on practice and procedure for applying, examining and registering a design right
  • Apply our procedure for searching and examining design right applications and related actions
  • Implement the provisions and regulations of the Designs Act 2003.

Access the Designs Manual

 Plant breeder's rights manual

The manual helps our plant breeder's right (PBR) examiners:

  • Find information on practices and procedures relating to aspects of application, examination and registration of a PBR
  • Apply our procedure for searching and examining PBR applications and related actions
  • Implement the provisions and regulations of the Plant Breeder's Rights Act 1994.

Access the PBR Manual

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