The Complaints Review Committee (“CRC”) is a preliminary decision-making committee comprised of one attorney member (either a patent or a trademark attorney) and two non-attorney members of the IPReg Board. The CRC will determine whether the complaint falls within IPReg’s jurisdiction, and whether there is, prima facie, a case to answer.
If the CRC considers there is no case to answer it will issue a written decision to the complainant giving the reasons why it has rejected the complaint.
If the CRC considers that there is a case to answer it can:
- deal with the complaint summarily by the issue of a notice, warning or reprimand (together with an award for costs if this is considered appropriate). The regulated person or firm can elect to have the matter referred to a Disciplinary Board; or
- refer the complaint to a Disciplinary Board for a full hearing.