601. Direction that document is confidential.

601.     Direction that document is confidential.

Where a person files a document1 at the UK Intellectual Property Office2 or sends it to an examiner or the comptroller3, any person may request that the document be treated as a confidential document4.

The comptroller must refuse any request where it relates to a Patents Form or any document filed in connection with a request for an opinion as to validity or infringement5.

A request to treat a document as confidential must be made before the end of the period of 14 days beginning immediately after the date on which the document