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The changes in the practice effected by the Patents, Designs, and Trade Marks Act, 1883 (46 & 47 Vict. c. 57), which came into operation on the 1st of January, 1884, seem to have caused a considerable increase annually in the number of applications for patents. The number of patents granted annually may probably be taken at not less than 10,000. Thousands also of patents granted under the old procedure are still in force. Having regard, then, to the enormous number of transactions which must necessarily have taken place, even in the last few years, in relation to patents, both before and after the grants, it seems a singular circumstance that no work has hitherto been published dealing exclusively with such matters. It is hoped that the following pages will, partly at least, supply a want that has, no doubt, been felt for many years. The writer's object has been to furnish to those who are concerned with patents, some precedents in conveyancing in relation to the latter, which will be found of a practical character.
The precedents are intended to be of considerable variety. Provisions are made for loans to inventors, repayable either absolutely, or only out of profits; or