"Subject to the outcome of this consultation, we propose that the Patents Rules 2007 will be made and published in early Summer and will come into force on 1 October 2007. This delay in commencement will give users and the Office the opportunity to adjust to the new provisions and the renumbering. It will also give the time for updated guidance to be issued, as well as any comptroller’s directions."
Monday, 12 November 2007
The IPKat has been eagerly awaiting the new "modernised" set of Patent Rules for several months now. The rules were officially announced back in March 2007 in a formal consultation (noted in a previous IPKat post here). The Office stated back then: