2007 Rule 48

48. Copies of documents

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(1) A person may apply to the comptroller for a certified copy of any relevant document and, on payment of the prescribed fee, he shall be entitled to such a copy.

(2) A person may apply to the comptroller for an uncertified copy of any relevant document and, on payment of the prescribed fee, he shall be entitled to such a copy.

(3) But a person is not entitled to a copy of a relevant document where-

  • (a) it is not available for inspection under section 118; or
  • (b) making or providing such a copy would infringe copyright.


(4) For the purposes of this rule a relevant document is any of the following-

  • (a) an application for a patent which has been published;
  • (b) a specification of a patent;
  • (c) any other document, or extract from any such document, kept at the Patent Office.


(5) An application under paragraph (1) or (2) must be made on Patents Form 23.

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