Yes, Sir. After consulting my noble Friend the Lord Chancellor I have appointed a Committee with the following terms of reference:
To consider and report whether any, and it so what, changes are desirable in the Patents and Designs Acts, and in the practice of the Patent Office and the Courts in relation to matters arising therefrom.
In particular, the Committee is requested to give early consideration to, and to submit an interim report or reports on—
I am glad to say that Mr. Kenneth Swan, K.C., has consented to act as Chairman. The other members of the Committee are:
Is it right to say that the necessity for this inquiry arises out of the misuse of the present patent law, whereby people take out patents to prevent development and progress, rather than to utilise them for those who want progress?