Where an applicant wishes to proceed with an application for a patent1 to grant and the conditions for the application to be referred for a search2 are satisfied, the applicant must make a request to the UK Intellectual Property Office3 in the prescribed form for a substantive examination4 and pay the prescribed fee5. The request must be made and the fee paid either at the time of the request for a preliminary examination or within six months beginning immediately after the date of publication of the application6. The comptroller7 must then refer the application to an examiner for a
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