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Patents

Volume 958: debated on Tuesday 14 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many patents are registered in the name of his Department; in how many cases public access to the information contained in the patent file is restricted; and what further steps he proposes to restrict access to information at the Patent Office which might be valuable to terrorists.

As at 3rd November there were approximately 570 United Kingdom patents in force in the name of the Secretary of State for Defence or his predecessors; there are approximately 100 patent applications in the name of the Secretary of State for Defence or his predecessors in respect of which orders to prohibit publication have been placed; the question of access to information at the Patent Office is one for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade.