The proprietor of a patent1 and any other person may by agreement with each other refer to the comptroller2 the question whether that other person has infringed the patent3, although the only relief which may be claimed on the reference is damages4 and a declaration5 that the patent is valid and has been infringed by that person6. If the comptroller awards any sum by way of damages on a reference then the sum is recoverable under statute7, if a county court so orders, or otherwise as if it were payable under an order of that court8.
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