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BEING A TREATISE ON THE
LAW AND PRACTICE OF LETTERS PATENT
KSPECIALLY INTENDED FOR THE USE OF
PATENTEES AND INVENTORS
Appendix of Statutes, Rules, and foreign and Colonial Patent Laws
International Conbention and Protocol
BY THE SAME AUTHORS.
THE NEW PATENT LAW : being the Sections
relating to Patents of the Patents, Designs, and Trade
THE FIFTH EDITION.
SINCE the publication of the last edition of this work, an important change in the Law of Patents has been effected by the passing through the Legislature of the Patents Act of 1883. Dissatisfaction with the old law had frequently been expressed by inventors, and several previous attempts to improve it had been made both by the Government and by private members of the House of Commons, but the Bills for various reasons failed to receive legislative sanction.
By the new Act the provisions of many earlier statutes have been consolidated and amended ; several features hitherto unknown in our system have been introduced; the procedure has been simplified; the fees payable to Government on applications for Patents have been reduced, and greater facilities for the payment of the subsequent fees have been afforded. By these changes it was hoped that the inventive talent of the nation would be stimulated into more vigorous action, and if the number of applications (13,012) during the first nine months of 1884 compared with the number (4,656) during the first nine months of the preceding year affords an adequate means of judging, that hope will not be disappointed.