Intellectual Property Office
Various changes to the Patents Rules 2007 came into force on 1 October 2016, and further changes will take effect on 6 April 2017.
Guidance about these changes is available in the following places:
- guidance for users - a summary of each of the changes taking place
- manual of patent practice - detailed guidance on the IPOs practice in relation to patent applications and patents
- practice notice: notifications of intention to grant - detailed guidance on the new process for notifying patent applicants that their patent is going to be granted