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On June 24, 2020, the Enforcement Rules of the Patent Act was amended to relax regulation, and broaden public participation in examinations to increase examination quality.
The key revisions include an invention patent applicant who uses an electronic file format prescribed by TIPO to submit a listing of nucleotides and/or amino acids sequence may be exempted from submission in written form. Also, the restriction where a third party may submit observation to TIPO only after the publication of the invention patent application is now relaxed. Any person may submit observations prior to an examination decisions being rendered.