HC Deb 12 November 1968 vol 773 cc81-2W
Mr. Ellis

asked the President of the Board of Trade what are his intentions with regard to ratifying the conventions drawn up at the Conference on Intellectual Property held in Stockholm last year.

Mr. Dell

The British delegation signed the revised Paris Convention on Industrial Property, the Madrid and Nice Agreements on False Indications of Origin and the Classification of Trade Marks, and the Convention establishing the World Intellectual Property Organisation. Her Majesty's Government intends to ratify these in the near future. The revised Berne Convention on copyright was not signed because of the Protocol allowing developing countries special latitude in the use of copyright works. Her Majesty's Government has no present intention of accepting this Protocol or the substantive provisions which go with it. It is, however, possible to accede to the administrative clauses of this Convention alone, and this Her Majesty's Government intends to do.