HC Deb 18 March 1958 vol 584 cc1065-6
5. Mr. V. Yates

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that the present law regarding the copying of jewellery designs imposes an unfair burden upon those who are victims of this illegal practice and that photographic records afford inadequate protection; and if he will therefore review the matter.

Sir D. Eccles

To protect industrial designs by registration the representations of the design must be provided. As acceptable photographs can be and are furnished for jewellery, I cannot see that jewellers bear an unfair burden.

Mr. Yates

Will the Minister examine an article in this month's British Jeweller giving details of what manufacturers feel to be a tremendous burden? Is not this totally unsatisfactory where there are hundreds and even thousands of designs? Would he look at this matter again, especially in the light of that article and what is done in both France and Germany?

Sir D. Eccles

I will look at the article, but of course a large number of designs are now furnished by photographs.