It’s great when the government listens. Following a recent consultation, the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has announced some changes that should simplify the patent process.
Some of the key changes include
This will remove the need for applicants to make a formal indication that a divisional application may be desired.
The period for requesting reinstatement of an application that was terminated after a missed deadline will always be 12 months.
The formal requirements regarding drawings will be less onerous, allowing black and white photographs and shaded drawings in addition to black and white drawings.
Several rules regarding the provision of a correspondence address to the IPO will be relaxed, and outdated rules regarding the need to file multiple copies of certain documents will be removed.
We will keep our readers informed of when these changes will be implemented.