1. If the requirements referred to in Rule 16.2 or 16.3 have been complied with, the Registry shall as soon as practicable:
(a) record the date of receipt of the Statement of claim and attribute an action number to the file;
(b) record the file in the register; and
(c) inform the claimant of the action number of the file and the date of receipt.
2. The action shall be assigned to a panel of a division according to Rule 345.3. Where requested by the parties the action shall be assigned to a single judge in accordance with Rule 345.6.
3. The following shall determine the distribution of actions between the seat of the central division and its sections.
(a) Where an action involves a single patent having a single classification, the Registry shall allocate the action to
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