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Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988

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281 Power of comptroller to refuse to deal with certain agents.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)This section applies to business under the M1Patents Act 1949, the M2Registered Designs Act 1949 or the M3Patents Act 1977.

(2)The Secretary of State may make rules authorising the comptroller to refuse to recognise as agent in respect of any business to which this section applies—

(a)a person who has been convicted of an offence under section 88 of the Patents Act 1949, section 114 of the Patents Act 1977 or section 276 of this Act;

(b)[F1a person] whose name has been erased from and not restored to, or who is suspended from, the register of patent [F2attorneys] on the ground of misconduct;

(c)a person who is found by the Secretary of State to have been guilty of such conduct as would, in the case of [F3 a person] registered in the register of patent [F2attorneys], render [F4the person] liable to have [F5the person's] name erased from the register on the ground of misconduct;

(d)a partnership or body corporate of which one of the partners or directors is a person whom the comptroller could refuse to recognise under paragraph (a), (b) or (c) above.

(3)The rules may contain such incidental and supplementary provisions as appear to the Secretary of State to be appropriate and may, in particular, prescribe circumstances in which a person is or is not to be taken to have been guilty of misconduct.

(4)Rules made under this section shall be made by statutory instrument which shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

(5)The comptroller shall refuse to recognise as agent in respect of any business to which this section applies a person who neither resides nor has a place of business in the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man or another member State of the [F6European Union].

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