641. Scientific adviser.

At the case management conference1 the Patents Court may direct that a scientific adviser be appointed2 and that a document setting out basic undisputed technology should be prepared3. Where the court appoints one or more persons (an 'assessor'), the assessor must assist the court in dealing with a matter in which the assessor has skill and experience4. An assessor must take such part in the proceedings as the court may direct and in particular the court may: (1) direct the assessor to prepare a report for the court on any matter at issue in the proceedings; and (2) direct