131 Disputes between interested parties

(1)

If a dispute arises between interested parties in relation to a patent application concerning whether, or in what manner, the application should proceed, the Commissioner may, on a request made to the Commissioner, give any directions that the Commissioner thinks fit—

(a)

for enabling the application to proceed in the name of 1 or more of the parties alone; or

(b)

for regulating the manner in which it is to proceed; or

(c)

for both of the purposes referred to in paragraphs (a) and (b).

(2)

A request under subsection (1) must be made in the prescribed manner and may be made by any of the parties.

(3)

The Commissioner must, before giving a direction, give a reasonable opportunity to be heard to any person that the Commissioner considers is interested (whether or not that person is currently an interested party).

Compare: 1953 No 64 s 24(5)