HC Deb 17 February 1922 vol 150 cc1386-8W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he is aware that, under the new law of Danzig, trade marks registered by German firms in Germany prior to the introduction of the Danzig law will continue to be protected in Danzig, but that British firms which had registered their marks in Germany prior to the War or since will not enjoy this privilege, and will have to make application for fresh registration in Danzig; whether Danzig is under the protection of the League of Nations; and whether it is the considered decision of the League that the rights given to German nationals under Article 311 of the Treaty of Versailles, in respect of industrial property, should not be applicable to other nationals in respect of their industrial property, including trade marks, registered in Germany?


His Majesty's Government are informed that the regulations governing the registration of trade marks in Danzig are the same for all nationalities equally, and that no difference is made in Danzig law between Germans and other foreigners. Danzig is under the protection of the League of Nations, but His Majesty's Government are not aware that the Leage has come to any decision in the sense suggested in the last part of the question.