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PATENTS ACT 1990 - SECT 49

Acceptance of patent request: standard patent

             (1)  Subject to section 50, the Commissioner must accept a patent request and complete specification relating to an application for a standard patent if the Commissioner is satisfied, on the balance of probabilities:

                     (a)  that the specification complies with subsections 40(2) to (4); and

                     (b)  that the invention, so far as claimed, satisfies the criteria mentioned in paragraphs 18(1)(a), (b) and (c); and

                     (c)  that the invention is a patentable invention under subsection 18(2); and

                     (d)  as to the matters (if any) prescribed under paragraph 45(1)(d).

             (2)  If subsection (1) does not apply, the Commissioner may refuse to accept the request and specification.

             (5)  Where the Commissioner accepts a patent request and complete specification relating to an application for a standard patent, the Commissioner must:

                     (a)  notify the applicant in writing of the acceptance; and

                     (b)  publish a notice of the acceptance in the Official Journal .

             (6)  If the patent request and complete specification have not already become open to public inspection, the notice mentioned in paragraph (5)(b) must include a statement to the effect that the patent request and specification are open to public inspection.

             (7)  Where the Commissioner refuses to accept a patent request and complete specification relating to an application for a standard patent, the Commissioner must notify the applicant in writing of the reasons for the refusal and publish a notice of the refusal in the Official Journal .



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