§ 42. Mr. Gregory
asked the President of the Board of Trade what steps are being taken to make it easier for British inventors to obtain protection for their inventions abroad.
§ Mrs. Gwyneth Dunwoody
We are actively participating in the preparation of two far-reaching international schemes to this end: one for a world-wide patent co-operation treaty, and the other for a European patent convention. The first is likely to be finalised at a conference in Washington in May of this year. The second has reached the stage where a preliminary draft will be published very soon and will be discussed with interested international non-governmental organisations in Luxembourg in April of this year.
§ Mrs. Dunwoody
There is a general agreement that they are compatible with and complementary to each other.
§ Sir H. Legge-Bourke
Whilst I welcome the statement the hon. Lady made in her main answer, would she consider consulting the Institute of Patentees and Inventors, to which the Ministry of Technology has recently given a grant?