HC Deb 08 May 1984 vol 59 c313W
Mr. Gregory

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the answer on 3 May, Official Report, by what dates he estimates outstanding applications to the Patent Office will be fully processed.

Mr. Fletcher

The times taken to process applications vary widely from case to case depending on individual circumstances. For patents, there is a statutory period of four and a half years within which applications must be placed in order. There is no corresponding statutory period for trade marks or designs.

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