§ 10. Major CHAPPLE
asked the Home Secretary whether a patent No. 1,177 9/17, applied for on 25th August, 1916, and completed on 27th September, 1917, for an artificial arm was granted to Siemens-Schuckertwerke, G. M. B. H., of Siemen-stadt, near Berlin; whether this limb can be made in this country without infringing the patent; and whether the restrictions placed on private persons in regard to trading with the enemy apply also to Government Departments?
§ The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of TRADE (Sir Albert Stanley)
My right hon. Friend has asked me to answer this question. No patent has been granted to the applicants in this case, but the benefit of the application was, by Order of the Board of Trade, vested in the Public Trustee, and a patent granted to him on the 24th January last. Any person desirous of manufacturing the invention may make application to the Board of Trade for that purpose. I am afraid I do not understand to what the last part of the question refers, but if the hon. and gallant Member will communicate with me I will endeavour to give him the information he desires.