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RULES

RELATING TO APPLICATIONS FOR

PATENTS FOR INVENTIONS AND PROCEEDINGS
THEREON, AND REGISTRATION OF PATENTS;

WITH

LIST OF FEES,

AND

RULES FOR APPEALS TO THE LAW OFFICERS.

By virtue of the provisions of the Patents Designs and Trade Marks Act, 1883, the Board of Trade do hereby make the following Rules :

The section of the Act authorizing the Board of Trade to make rules is S. 101.

SHORT TITLE.

1. These Rules may be cited as the Patents Rules, Short title. 1883.

COMMENCEMENT.

2. These Rules shall come into operation from and Commenceimmediately after the 31st day of December 1883.

This is the same date as the date of commencement of the Act.

See S. 3.

INTERPRETATION.

ment.

3. In the construction of these Rules, any words here- Interpretain used defined by the said Act shall have the meanings

thereby assigned to them respectively.

The general definitions of the Act will be found in S. 117.

I

tion.

Fees.

Forms.

Alterations.

Application.

Specification.

Other

forms.

Hours of business.

FEES.

4. The fees to be paid under the above-mentioned Act, in addition to the fees mentioned in the Second Schedule thereto, so far as it relates to patents, shall be those specified in the list of fees in the First Schedule to these Rules.

For form for certificate of payment or renewal, see Patent Forms, J.

FORMS.

5. The Forms A, B, and C in the First Schedule to the said Act shall be altered or amended by the substitution therefor respectively of the Forms A, A1, B, and C in the Second Schedule hereto.

Forms A, A1, relate to applications, B to provisional specifications, and C to complete specifications.

6. (1.) An application for a patent shall be made either in the Form A or the Form Al set forth in the Second Schedule hereto, as the case may be.

Form Al is adapted to communicated inventions.

(2.) The Form B in such Schedule of provisional specification and the Form C of complete specification shall respectively be used.

(3.) The remaining forms set forth in such Schedule may, as far as they are applicable, be used in any proceedings under these rules.

7. The Patent Office (a) shall be open to the public every week-day during the hours of ten and (b) four, except on the days and times following :

Christmas Day.

Good Friday.

The day observed as her Majesty's birthday.
The days observed as days of public fast or thanks-

giving, or as holidays (c) at the Bank of England.

(a) The Patent Office is at 25, Southampton Buildings, Chancery Lane, London, W.C.

(b)

"and" is a misprint for "to."

(c) As to Bank-holidays at present, see S. 98.

8. An application for a patent must be signed by the Agency. applicant, but all other communications between the applicant and the Comptroller and all attendances by the applicant upon the Comptroller may be made by or through an agent duly authorised to the satisfaction of the Comptroller, and if he so require resident in the United Kingdom.

The application is in the form of a declaration, which can only be made by the applicant himself. See S. 5, sub-s. (2).

of address.

9. The application (a) shall be accompanied by a state- Statement ment of an address to which all notices, requisitions, and communications of every kind may be made by the Comptroller or by the Board of Trade, and such statement shall thereafter be binding upon the applicant unless and until a substituted statement of address (b) shall be furnished by him to the comptroller. He may in any particular case require that the address mentioned in this rule be in the United Kingdom.

(a) For Form of Application see Patent Forms, A and A1.

(b) The fee for altering address is 5s. See First Schedule to these Rules.

ments.

10. All documents and copies of documents sent to or Size, &c., left at the Patent Office or otherwise furnished to the of docuComptroller or to the Board of Trade shall be written or printed in large and legible characters in the English language upon strong wide ruled paper (on one side only), of a size of 13 inches by 8 inches, leaving a margin of two inches on the left-hand part thereof, and the signature of the applicants or agents thereto must be written in a large and legible hand. Duplicate documents shall at any time be left, if required by the Comptroller.

ary power

11. Before exercising any discretionary power (a) given Exercise of to the Comptroller by the said Act adversely to the appli- discretioncant (b) for a patent or for amendment of a specification, by Compthe Comptroller shall give ten days' notice, or such longer troller. notice as he may think fit, to the applicant of the time Notice of hearing. when he may be heard personally or by his agent before the Comptroller.

(a) See S. 94.

(b) For definition of applicant, see Rule 15.

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