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Tuesday, 28 November 1905

Mr ISAACS (Indi) (Attorney-General) . - It is true that I made the interjection to which the honorable and learned member has referred, and I think that it would be only proper to have in each State an office where applications to register trade marks could be lodged. But I see great difficulty in providing a staff of officers in each State to deal with these matter!* There must be a central office for that purpose, but there ought to be an office in each State where applications might be lodged. Applicants may consider it desirable to send in their applications to the head office. In my opinion, that would be the more expeditious and secure course to adopt.

Mr Watson - We could use the Patents Office in each State.

Mr ISAACS - Either that or some other arrangement might be made to give effect to the idea. The provision of an office in each State might have an important bearing on the question of priority.

Mr McCay - That is my view.

Mr ISAACS - I will make a note of the point, and see how far the suggestion can be welded into shape.

Mr McCay - Will not the AttorneyGeneral consent to make the necessary amendments in this clause?

Mr ISAACS - It is a difficult matter to deal with, and I would prefer to recommit the clause. I will see that something of the kind is done, although I make that promise subject to what the Minister of Trade and Customs may say. I see no objection, but must take the opinion of my honorable colleague, who is absent, with regard to it.

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