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Part VE+W+S+N.I. Patent Agents and Trade Mark Agents

SupplementaryE+W+S+N.I.

285 Offences committed by partnerships and bodies corporate.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Proceedings for an offence under this Part alleged to have been committed by a partnership shall be brought in the name of the partnership and not in that of the partners; but without prejudice to any liability of theirs under subsection (4) below.

(2)The following provisions apply for the purposes of such proceedings as in relation to a body corporate—

(a)any rules of court relating to the service of documents;

(b)in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, Schedule 3 to the M1Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980 or Schedule 4 to the M2Magistrates’ Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981 (procedure on charge of offence).

(3)A fine imposed on a partnership on its conviction in such proceedings shall be paid out of the partnership assets.

(4)Where a partnership is guilty of an offence under this Part, every partner, other than a partner who is proved to have been ignorant of or to have attempted to prevent the commission of the offence, is also guilty of the offence and liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

(5)Where an offence under this Part committed by a body corporate is proved to have been committed with the consent or connivance of a director, manager, secretary or other similar officer of the body, or a person purporting to act in any such capacity, he as well as the body corporate is guilty of the offence and liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

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Marginal Citations

286 Interpretation.E+W+S+N.I.

In this Part—

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Amendments (Textual)

F3Definition in s. 286 repealed (31.10.1994) by 1994 c. 26, s. 106(2), Sch. 5; S.I. 1994/2550, art. 2