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Patent Rights—International Conference, Vienna—Question

Volume 217: debated on Tuesday 5 August 1873

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asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether he has seen the following statement which appeared in the Continental telegrams to-day:—

"Vienna, Aug. 4.—The first International Patent Congress was opened to-day.….The official representatives of the various Governments present were: —England—Mr. T. . Webster."
Whether it is or is not correct that Mr. Webster represents the Government of this country; and, if not, whether the Under Secretary does not think it expedient to take means to prevent other misapprehensions that must ensue from that learned Gentleman being received, and his part in the proceedings seeming entitled to he recognized as more than the facts of the case warranted?

in reply, said, that he had no reason to believe that Mr. Webster was officially authorized to represent the Patent Law Commission at the International Patent Law Congress at Vienna. He had no doubt that misapprehension on the subject would be avoided by the hon. Member having called attention to the subject.