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Patents Money

Volume 932: debated on Wednesday 25 May 1977

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Queen's Recommendation having been signified


That, for the purposes of any Act of the present Session to establish a new law of patents applicable to future patents and applications for patents, it is expedient to authorise—
  • (1) the payment out of moneys provided by Parliament of the following sums:
  • (a)any sums required for making payments under that Act to proprietors of patents or other persons in respect of the working or use of inventions by or with the authority of a government department;
  • (b)any sums required for making payments of compensation under that Act to applicants for patents who suffer hardship by reason of directions given under that Act for prohibiting or restricting the publication of information the publication of which might be prejudicial to the defence of the realm or the safety of the public;
  • (c)any sums required for the payment of remuneration to scientific advisers appointed to assist the Patents Court constituted under that Act, to assessors appointed to assist the Court of Session in proceedings under that Act and to advisers appointed to assist the comptroller in proceedings before him;
  • (d)any sums required by any Minister of the Crown or government department to meet any financial obligation of the United Kingdom under the European Patent Convention, the Community Patent Convention or the Patent Co-operation Treaty;
  • (e) any sums so required for the payment of compensation awarded to an employee of the Crown in respect of an invention made by him;
  • (2) the payment into the Consolidated Fund of any sums received by any Minister of the Crown or government department in pursuance of the conventions or treaty mentioned in paragraph (l)(d) above.—[Mr. Ashton.]
  • I have to inform the House that the Private Business does not commence until 7 o'clock. We shall therefore wait for a moment—until 7 o'clock.