342. Preliminary examination.

The comptroller1 must refer an application for a patent to an examiner for a preliminary examination if the application has a date of filing2, the application has not been withdrawn or treated as withdrawn3 and the application fee4 has been paid5.

On a preliminary examination of an application the examiner is required to determine whether the application complies with those requirements of the Patents Act 1977 and the rules which are designated by the rules as formal requirements for the purposes of the Act6, and determine whether any requirements7 remain to be complied with8. The examiner must report to the