619. Application of procedural rules, overriding objective and publication of notices.

Procedural rules govern certain proceedings before the comptroller1 in relation to applications, references and requests2 and oppositions3. Rules also apply to proceedings heard before the comptroller under the Patents Act 19774.

The procedural rules5 set out a procedural code with the overriding objective of enabling the comptroller to deal with cases justly6. Dealing with a case justly includes, so far as is practicable:


    (1)     ensuring that the parties are on an equal footing7;


    (2)     saving expense8;


    (3)     dealing with the case in ways which are proportionate to the amount of money involved, to the importance of the case, to the