—(1) The Registrar shall examine whether an application for registration of a trade mark satisfies the requirements of this Act (including any requirements imposed by rules made under this Act).
(2) For the purpose of subsection (1), the Registrar may carry out a search, to such extent as he considers necessary, of earlier trade marks.
(3) If it appears to the Registrar that the requirements for registration are not met, the Registrar shall inform the applicant and give him an opportunity, within such period as may be prescribed, to make representations or to amend the application.
(4) If the applicant fails to satisfy the Registrar that those requirements are met, or to amend the application so as to meet them, or fails to respond before the end of the prescribed period, the Registrar shall refuse to accept the application.
(5) If it appears to the Registrar that the requirements for registration are met, the Registrar shall accept the application.
[UK Trade Marks Act 1994, s. 37]