HC Deb 30 May 1892 vol 5 c204

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what foreign nations have adopted legislation against the false marking of goods in the spirit of the Merchandise Marks Amendment Act of 1887, and of the Resolutions of the Industrial Conventions at Rome and Madrid; and in particular, whether any progress has been made in this direction by Germany and the United States?


The Protocol of Madrid for the prevention of false indications of origin has been signed by Great Britain, France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Brazil, Tunis, and Guatemala. The date for the exchange of ratifications is fixed for the 15th June next, when it will be seen whether all of the above Powers will ratify and put its provisions into effect. Germany and the United States have not signed, and have not, so far as the Foreign Office is aware, adopted any legislation in this direction.