Hearings Manual

The patents hearings manual provides guidance to the law and procedure concerning patent and design right hearings.


Patents hearing manual

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology.

Request an accessible format.
If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.


This manual provides guidance on the law and procedures concerning patent and design right proceedings before the comptroller. Please note that the information contained in this manual is published in good faith and for general purpose only. The manual is updated on a regular basis, however we cannot give any guarantees regarding the completeness, reliability and accuracy of the information contained therein at any given point in time.

Published 20 June 2014