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SCHEDULE 5E+W+S+N.I. Patents: miscellaneous amendments

Supplementary searchesE+W+S+N.I.

3(1)Section 17 of the Patents Act 1977 (preliminary examination and search) is amended as follows.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)In subsection (7) (supplementary searches) for “subsection (4) above” substitute “subsections (4) and (5) above” and for “it applies” substitute “they apply”.

(3)After that subsection add—

(8)A reference for a supplementary search in consequence of—

(a)an amendment of the application made by the applicant under section 18(3) or 19(1) below, or

(b)a correction of the application, or of a document filed in connection with the application, under section 117 below,

shall be made only on payment of the prescribed fee, unless the comptroller directs otherwise..