HL Deb 27 July 1977 vol 386 cc1081-2

168 After Clause 106, insert the following new clause:

Misuse of title "Patent Office"

". If any person uses on his place of business, or on any document issued by him, or otherwise, the words "Patent Office" or any other words suggesting that his place of business is, or is officially connected with, the Patent Office, he shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £500".


My Lords, I beg to move that this House doth agree with the Commons in their Amendment No. 168. This new clause introduces a provision corresponding to Section 91(2) of the Patents Act 1949. The difference is that while in 1949 that offence would have cost the offender £20, the fine today would be £500. However, this is a provision which has very rarely been invoked—somebody pretending to be a Patent Office—and for this reason was not included in the Bill originally; but we now accept that even if it does not do very much good, it cannot do any very great harm, and is appropriately included in the Bill.

Moved, that this House doth agree with the Commons in the said Amendment.—(The Lord Chancellor.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.