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Statement of grounds and particulars

             (1)  An opponent may request the Commissioner in writing to amend the opponent's statement of grounds and particulars:

                     (a)  to correct an error or omission in the grounds of opposition; or

                     (b)  to update the grounds of opposition to reflect an amendment to the patent request or complete specification to which the statement relates; or

                     (c)  to amend the facts and circumstances forming the basis for the grounds.

             (2)  The Commissioner must:

                     (a)  notify the applicant of the opponent's request; and

                     (b)  give the parties an opportunity to make representations about the amendment.

             (3)  The Commissioner must not make the amendment if:

                     (a)  the Commissioner is considering an application for dismissal of the opposition under Part 5.4; or

                     (b)  for an opposition begun under subregulation 5.4(1):

                              (i)  the applicant's complete specification is being re-examined; and

                             (ii)  the re-examination is not completed as required by regulation 9.5.

             (4)  The Commissioner must make the amendment if:

                     (a)  subregulation (3) does not apply; and

                     (b)  the Commissioner is satisfied that the amendment should be made.

             (5)  The Commissioner must, as soon as practicable:

                     (a)  notify the parties of the Commissioner's decision; and

                     (b)  if the Commissioner decides to make the amendment--give the applicant a copy of the amended statement.


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