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Wednesday, 1 August 1906
Page: 2166

Mr GLYNN (Angas) . - This clause provides for the establishment of sub-offices in every State, other than that in which the Designs Office is established. Such a provision is satisfactory, if it be properly administered. I would remind the Committee, however, that there is a similar provision in the Patents Act, and also, I believe, in the Trade Marks Act, and that it was not until pressure had been brought to bear that sub-offices were established under the last-named Statute. The head office was at the Seat of Government, and, I think, it was proposed to have a sub-office in Sydney. In all the other States, however, there were to be mere agencies, the records kept at those agencies being far more meagre than was necessary for the information of those concerned. I do not know that even yet the necessary information is obtainable in the sub-offices relating to patents, although, at the request of certain commercial bodies in South Australia, I forwarded their remonstrances to the Minister, and he consented to adhere to the provisions of the Act by creating sub-offices. What appears to be still wanting at the sub-offices is a complete registration showing the applications and the entries, that are made from week to week, so that by examination a person, say, in Adelaide, can find out what is being done, just as if he had made the examination at the principal office. I am informed that the necessary work of registration and indexing can be done in. the sub-offices without involving much extra expense. If that be so, I hope the Minister will see that it is carried out, not only under the Patents Act, but also in connexion with this measure. The information required at the sub-offices, under the Patents Act, is not complete, or, at all events, it was not a fortnight ago. I made inquiries, and was informed that it was possible from week to week to make the necessary entries in the register kept at each sub-office. If that can be done, I hope the Minister will see that it is.

Mr Groom - I shall communicate with the Minister of Trade and Customs with regard to the matter.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 10 to 24 agreed to.

Clause 25 (Appeal to law officer).

Mr. JOSEPHCOOK (Parramatta) [8.15J. - According to this clause, the law officer - meaning, of course, the AttorneyGeneral

Mr Groom - Or the Crown Solicitor.

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