§ 19. Mr. BOOTHBY
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what action has been taken in any of the self-governing Dominions or the Crown Colonies to implement the provision of the scheme which was enunciated by the 873 British Empire Patent Conference in 1922, as approved by the Imperial Economic Conference of 1923, to achieve Imperial co-operation in the registering of patent designs and trade marks?
§ Mr. AMERY
The Resolution of the Imperial Economic Conference of 1923 to which my hon. Friend refers was to the effect that the conference felt unable to make any recommendation so far as the self-governing Dominions and India were concerned, but that it was very desirable that the scheme recommended by the British Empire Patent Conference of 1922 should be adopted by the Colonies and Protectorates. Copies of this Resolution were sent to the Dominions, Colonies and Protectorates. Legislation giving effect to the recommendations of the conference of 1922 has been adopted, with few exceptions, by the Colonies and Protectorates.
§ Mr. H. WILLIAMS
Has the right hon. Gentleman considered the judgment in the Irish Free States Courts to the effect that a patent granted in Great Britain is invalid in the Irish Free State?