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Disclosure changes lighten applicants' load

This year's changes to prior art disclosure requirements in Australia ease the burden on patent applicants. But, warns Mark Roberts, applicants still need to examine carefully what and how much they submit

Amendments to the Australian Patents Act and Regulations effective from April 1 2002 introduced an extended requirement to submit search results. The legislation required applicants to submit to the Patent Office (IP Australia) results of any documentary searches conducted by or on behalf of...

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