HC Deb 06 July 1920 vol 131 c1243W

Mr. CHARLES EDWARDS asked the Prime Minister whether the higher placed officials in Government service are allowed to take out patents for inventions of use in the Department in which they are engaged for their own benefit, or whether such officials, like those engaged by industrial companies, have to hold the same at the disposal of those in whose service they are engaged?

Mr. BONAR LAW: Technical officers and scientific workers employed by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research are allowed to take out patents for inventions made as the result of work done for the Department. The patents are taken out in the names of the inventor and of the Imperial Trust for the Encouragement of Scientific and Industrial Research. The Committee of Council reserves the power to determine in each case what share, if any, of the royalties or benefits arising from these inventions is paid to the inventor.

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