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PATENTS ACT 1990 - SECT 152

Notice of prohibitions or restrictions on publication

             (1)  Where the Director issues a certificate under section 147 in relation to an application, the Director may give written notice to the Commissioner of any prohibitions or restrictions on the publication or communication of the information in the specification, or in a relevant abstract, that the Director considers appropriate.

             (2)  On receiving a notice, the Commissioner must take such steps as are necessary or expedient to give effect to it.

             (3)  Without limiting the generality of subsection (2), the Commissioner may, by written order, prohibit or restrict the publication or communication of information about the subject-matter of the application, whether generally or in relation to a particular person or class of persons.

             (4)  A person must not, except in accordance with the written consent of the Commissioner, publish or communicate information in contravention of an order.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years.



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