There is a standard procedure for contested proceedings, which is used, with more or less variation, in proceedings of different sorts1.
The comptroller2 may make an order for security for costs or expenses against any party to proceedings before him under the Patents Act 1977 if the prescribed conditions are met3 and he is satisfied that it is just to make the order, having regard to all the circumstances of the case; and in default of the required security being given the comptroller may treat the reference, application or notice in question as abandoned4.
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