611. Discretionary powers.

(iii)     Proceedings in the UK Intellectual Property Office

611.     Discretionary powers.

The comptroller1 is given2 wide discretionary powers in the conduct of proceedings. Thus he may, if he thinks fit, authorise the rectification of any irregularity of procedure connected with any proceeding or other matter before the comptroller, an examiner or the UK Intellectual Property Office3, extend time limits except in specified cases4, remit fees5 and consent to the modification of prescribed forms6.

Under the Patents Act 1977 the comptroller has some degree of discretion in respect of