627. Hearings in public.

Any hearing1 before the comptroller2 in proceedings relating to an application for a patent, or a patent, must be held in public3. However, any party to the proceedings may apply to the comptroller for a hearing to be held in private4. The comptroller may grant such an application where (1) he considers there is good reason for the hearing to be held in private; and (2) all the parties to the proceedings have had an opportunity to be heard on the matter, and where the application is granted the hearing must be held in private

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