HC Deb 24 October 1918 vol 110 c958W

asked the President of the Board of Trade respecting patentees who, on account of Army service, have been unable to develop patents that have been accepted and sealed, and for which the prescribed fees have been paid, if he will arrange for an extension of the period of protection equal to the period of the patentee's Army service before the patent rights are allowed to lapse if the renewal fees are not paid?


By Rule 3 of the Patents, Designs and Trade Marks (Temporary) Rules, 1914, the Comptroller-General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks is empowered,inter alia, at any time during the continuance of these Ruins to extend the time prescribed by the Patents and Designs Act, 1907, or any Rules made there under for doing any act o[...] filing any document upon such terms and subject to such conditions as he may think fit in the following cases, namely: Where it is shown to his satisfaction that the applicant, patentee, or proprietor, as the case may be, was prevented from doing the said act or filing the said document by reason of active service or enforced absence from this country or any other circumstances arising from the present state of war which, in the opinion of the Comptroller, would justify such extension. Every consideration is given by the Comptroller under this Rule in all cases where a patentee is on active service, and in consequence of such service has failed to pay his renewal within the prescribed time.