MPEP 1840.03
The Australian Patent Office (IP Australia) as an International Searching Authority

This is the Ninth Edition of the MPEP, Revision 08.2017, Last Revised in Januay 2018

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1840.03    The Australian Patent Office (IP Australia) as an International Searching Authority [R-07.2015]

The Australian Patent Office (IP Australia) may act as the ISA for an international application filed with the United States receiving Office or the International Bureau (IB) as receiving Office where at least one of the applicants is either a national or resident of the United States of America. The announcement appears in the Official Gazette at 1337 OG 265, on December 23, 2008. However, the use of IP Australia is restricted. IP Australia will not act as an ISA if it has received more than 250 international applications from the USPTO during a fiscal quarter, as indicated in the Official Gazette at 1409 OG 302 on December 30, 2014.

For cited documents in the International Search Report, the IPAU, upon request and on payment, intends to furnish the applicants with copies of the documents.