IPONZ has updated its Patents Examination Manual to clarify our practice for situations where a divisional patent application’s claims overlap with those of its parent.
Following regular reviews and consultation with our Patents Technical Focus Group, we have updated the following section of our Patents Examination Manual.
Regulation 82: Parent and divisional claims “for substantially the same matter”
We have made substantial changes to this section of the examination manual, which was previously titled “Regulation 82: Claims overlap between parent & divisional applications”. Read more