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Hearings manual

This manual provides guidance on the law and procedures concerning patent and design right proceedings before the comptroller. Please note that the information contained in this manual is published in good faith and for general purpose only. The manual is updated on a regular basis, however we cannot give any guarantees regarding the completeness, reliability and accuracy of the information contained therein at any given point in time.

New version released

A new version of the Hearings manual has been released. It incorporates minor changes which take account of developments in the law and practice up to July 2009. It is now presented in the form of HTML pages including links to items of statute and case law etc. Not all references in the manual are available electronically but we will include further links to any that become available.

We intend to release other Patents work manuals in HTML form in the future

We would welcome any comments on the new format.

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