General power to amend before grant

7.7 Section 31 sets out that:

(1) Subject to subsections (2), (3) and (4), the applicant may, of his own volition or otherwise, amend the application or the specification thereof.

(2) The applicant shall not be entitled to amend the application or specification unless —

(a) he has made a request to do so to the Registrar —

(i) in the prescribed manner; and
(ii) within the prescribed period; and

(b) the request is accompanied by the prescribed documents.

(3) The applicant may only amend the application or specification in accordance with the prescribed conditions and subject to section 84.

(4) If the applicant fails to comply with any requirement under subsection (2) or (3), the Registrar shall —

(a) refuse the applicant’s request to amend the application or specification; and
(b) inform the applicant of the refusal.

7.8 Pre-grant amendments under Section 31 shall be made within the prescribed time frames according to Rule 49 and in the prescribed manner according to Rule 48.