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Tuesday, 20 October 1903

Bill returned from the Senate with the following message : -

The Senate returns to the House of Representatives the Bill for " an Act relating to Patents of Inventions," and acquaints the House that the Senate has agreed to the amendments made by the House of Representatives, with the exception of Nos. 19, 56, and 79, to which it has disagreed, for the reasons set forth in the annexed schedule.

The Senate desires the reconsideration of the Bill in respect of the amendments disagreed to.

Reasons of the Senate for disagreeing to certain amendments of the House of Representatives -

As to No. 19-

Because it is undesirable that the appoint ment of the Commissioner should, except for a short interval, precede the Proclamation of the Act, and that the clause would tend to conflict with the States Patent Acts, and would confer no substantial benefits on appli cants.

As to No. 56 -

Because the desirability, if any, of the clause is obviated by the succeeding clause, No. 83.

As to No. 79 -

Because it is consequential on No. 56.

In Committee(Consideration of Senate's message) : -

House of Representatives' Amendment.- Insert new clause 28a - "Applications for patents may be lodged at the Patent Office immediately after the Commissioner is appointed, notwithstanding that this Act has not then commenced, and all applications so lodged shall have priority according to the time when they were so lodged, and the lodging of an application under this section shall have the like effect as the lodging of an application after the commencement of this Act ; but any patent granted pursuant to the application shall be dated as of the day of the commencement of this Act. Until forms are prescribed applications shall be in such form as the Commissioner directs.

Applications made under a State Patent Act may be lodged as prescribed before the commencement of this Act as applications under this Act."

Senate's Message.- Amendment disagreed to.

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