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Friday, 8 August 1902

Sir JOHN QUICK asked the Minister for Trade and Customs, upon notice -

1.   Whether it is true that the Collector of Cus toms in Melbourne has impounded and refused to deliver to the agent of the importer certain American Dunlop bicycle tyres, unless and until a royalty of 2s. 6d. per tyre, alleged to be due, is paid to the.Dunlop Tyre Company, of Melbourne ? If so, under what circumstance has the Collector of Customs constituted himself the representative and protector of patent rights ?

2.   What objection is there to patentees enforcing their own rights, if any, in the ordinary courts of law ?

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