Patents and Trade Marks.

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 31st July 1922.

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Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

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asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware of the serious complaints which are being made by applicants for patents and applicants for the registration of trade marks on account of the delay which takes place before these applications are dealt with; whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that, in the case of some patents, applications filed in December last have not yet been reported on, and that nearly two months elapses before an applicant for the registration of a trade mark is informed as to whether his mark is accepted; if he can account for this delay, especially since the registration fees for trade marks have been doubled; and if he will inquire into the matter with a view to ensuring greater expedition in the treatment of these applications in the future?