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Patent Rights (Claim)

Volume 414: debated on Wednesday 17 October 1945

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asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if he is now in a position to make a statement regarding the case of Mr. Buchanan Reith.

I presume the hon. Member refers to the claim by Mr. J. Buchanan Reith in respect of alleged patent rights in certain hatch fittings incorporated in some of the merchant ships built on Government account during the war. I have recently received a report by an independent expert which confirms the Admiralty view that Mr. Reith cannot sustain enforceable monopoly rights under his patent so far as the fittings in these ships are concerned. I am, however, considering whether an ex gratia grant might be made.