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Patient office moves to Woden Centre

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A T T O R N E Y - G E N E R A L ’S D E P A R T M E N T

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In a move considered to be on the scale of shifting

the contents of the National library, the Patent Office will

move this weekend from its office in Barton to Scarborough

House in the Woden Centre. .

- As well as relocating the 425 employees of the

Patent, Trade Marks and Designs offices, the move involves

the shifting of 300,000 patent, trade mark and design

applications and 12 million Australian and overseas patent


The Commissioner of Patents, Mr. K.B. Petersson

said the new office would occupy 10 of the 14 floors at

Scarborough House. He said the building had been designed

to provide better facilities for those working in the offices

and for the public.

The Commissioner said the technical library, which

was one of the most comprehensive in Australia and the only

complete library of patents, was open to the public.

Provision had been made for easy access to the library and

extensive facilities had been provided for people using it.

To cope with the great volume of records, a special

basement had been constructed at Scarborough House. This

contained seven miles of shelving for storing records; the

total amount of shelf space in the building was sixteen

miles in length.

Previously, the 12 million Australian and overseas

patent specifications had been located in different parts of

Canberra. Mr. Petersson said that with the specially

designed basement and other storage facilities, information

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about specifications would be able to be retrieved more


The office also held copies of patents originating

from the major industrial countries including the United

States, the U.S.S.R., Great Britain, Japan, West Germany and

France. Some of the patents in the office dated back to the

seventeenth century, including the first patent issued in the

United Kingdom in 1617. ' ■

A feature of the new building would be that each

patent examiner would have an individual 1 work station'. These

1 work stations' had been constructed after consulting with

architects and took into account the special working

conditions required by patent examiners. The Commissioner

said additional 'work stations' had been built as suitably

qualified people were still requited as patent and trade mark


Provision had been made in the building for the

installation of micro-filming equipment which was now being

used extensively in the recdrding of patent applications and

specifications. The micro-filming enabled Australian

specifications to be made available to the public as soon as

they were open for inspection. Space had also been set aside

for the possible installation of an appropriate sized computer.

Mr. Petersson said although the main move would take

place this weekend, the complete transfer from Barton to

Woden would take several more weeks. The Patent, Trade

Marks and Designs offices would continue to function normally

during that period, the Commissioner said.


June 10, 1971. A- 32/71