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TRADE MARKS REGULATIONS 1995 - REG 9.20

Hearing

             (1)  This regulation applies to an opposition if the opposition has not been dismissed under regulation 9.10 or discontinued.

             (2)  A party may request the Registrar to hold a hearing if an evidentiary period mentioned in regulation 9.16 has ended; and either

                     (a)  all evidence for the opposition proceeding has been filed; or

                     (b)  no evidence has been filed in that period.

             (3)  The Registrar:

                     (a)  must hold a hearing of the opposition if requested by a party in writing; or

                     (b)  may decide, on the Registrar's own initiative, to hold a hearing of the opposition.

             (4)  The hearing may, at the Registrar's discretion, be:

                     (a)  an oral hearing; or

                     (b)  by written submissions.

             (5)  If the Registrar decides on an oral hearing:

                     (a)  the Registrar must notify the parties of the date, time and place of the hearing; and

                     (b)  the opponent must file a summary of submissions at least 10 business days before the hearing; and

                     (c)  the applicant must file a summary of submissions at least 5 business days before the hearing.

             (6)  The Registrar may take into account a party's failure to file a summary of submissions under subregulation (5) in making an award of costs.

Note:          Regulations 21.15 and 21.16 deal with hearings.



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