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Tuesday, 28 November 1905

Mr ISAACS (Indi) (Attorney-General) . The honorable and learned member for Northern Melbourne has drawn my attention to the words "entered at Stationers' Hall," which appear in this clause, and which, in his opinion, have no significance in Australia, and are, therefore, unnecessary. I do not know whether they are likely to be used under any Trade Marks Act. If they are not, I shall be willing to strike them out. I shall be glad to have the assistance of honorable members on this point. If they think that such words might be registered--

Mr McCay - Cannot an English manufacturer register here?

Mr ISAACS - He can.

Mr McCay - That being so, it seems to me that the words should be allowed to remain.

Mr ISAACS - Very well. I move-

That the following words be added : "or of the Royal crown."

I propose this amendment for the reason that the honorable member for North Sydney stated a few evenings ago that he was under the impression that in several States a representation of the Royal crown is registered as a trade mark. I do not think that such a representation ought to be taken as a trade mark, except in the case of a trade mark properly registrable in any State under a State Trade Marks Act.

Mr Henry Willis - Lassetter, of Sydney, uses such a trade mark.

Mr ISAACS - If that be so, I think we ought to preserve existing rights. It is for that reason that I propose to transfer these words from clause 19 to clause 18.

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