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IPONZ updates practices when assessing expedited examination requests

17 October 2019

The Intellectual Property Office (IPONZ) has made improvements to its practices when assessing expedited examination requests under the Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH).

These changes primarily affect how GPPH requests are assessed at IPONZ.

Filing of Swiss-style claims

When assessing whether a patent application’s claims “sufficiently correspond” to the claims accepted by a participating overseas office, IPONZ will now consider Swiss-style claims to correspond to other formats of second medical use claims allowed overseas.

Clarification of issues with GPPH expedited examination requests

In some circumstances, a submitted GPPH expedited examination request may not meet mandatory filing requirements. In these cases, IPONZ may now opt to seek clarification or request further documents, instead of declining the request outright. The requestor will then be provided with a limited timeframe within which they can provide a response.

IPONZ may still choose to decline a GPPH expedited examination request in the event that the claims do not sufficiently correspond, if the report or action is invalid, or in other circumstances where the request does not meet a minimum requirement threshold.

Last updated on the 17th October 2019