HC Deb 17 February 1860 vol 156 c1244

said, he wished to call attention to the fact that the trade marks which our manufacturers placed upon then-wares were fraudulently imitated by foreign manufacturers, who brought discredit upon British productions by passing off spurious and inferior articles as such. He understood that negotiations had been entered into with foreign Powers for the purpose of devising means to prevent the forgery of those trade marks, and he wished to ask the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any negotiations have been entered into, and if so, what was the state of them at the present moment?


remarked, that the practice of forging trade marks was by no means confined to foreigners, and that no greater adepts in that practice were to be found than those in our own country.