(arranged in reverse chronological order of changes made)

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Date of change Changes
26 January 2024 Section 1: Novelty” has been revised to reflect a textual revision.

Section 4: Exclusions from Patentability” has been revised to reflect the Registry’s latest practice regarding excluded subject matters.

Section 7: Kinds of Claims” has been revised to clarify the examples of claims which are not dependent claims in substance.

Section 13: Patent Applications” has been revised to clarify the Registry’s practice regarding the examination of entitlement to apply.

Section 15: Substantive Examination of Standard Patent (O) Applications and Short-term Patents” has been revised to:
(a) clarify the Registry’s practice on offering opportunities to request a hearing; and
(b) reflect various miscellaneous textual revisions.