Jewellery Designs (Protection)

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st January 1958.

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Photo of Mr Victor Yates Mr Victor Yates , Birmingham, Ladywood 12:00 am, 21st January 1958

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that the new method of centrifugal casting has facilitated the copying of jewellery designs; and whether he will consider improving the present methods of protecting such designs.

Photo of Mr Frederick Erroll Mr Frederick Erroll , Altrincham and Sale

I am aware of this method. The protection provided for jewellery designs by our existing laws is, in our view, adequate, but we will certainly examine any suggestions that the hon. Member may make for improvements in the procedure of registration.

Photo of Mr Victor Yates Mr Victor Yates , Birmingham, Ladywood

I appreciate the Minister's willingness to examine this matter. Will he examine the system which is in operation in Germany? That country seems to have found a much cheaper way of protecting manufacturers. In Birmingham manufacturers are spending £3,000 a year and more in designing, only to feel a sense of complete frustration later because of the copying of those designs which is taking place in this country. The present method is far too expensive and elaborate in detail to expect manufacturers to co-operate. I hope that the Minister will look into the question.

Photo of Mr Frederick Erroll Mr Frederick Erroll , Altrincham and Sale

I shall certainly look into the matter, but under present arrangements a certificate of registration can usually be issued within a month of application.