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Wednesday, 21 October 1903

Sir LANGDON BONYTHON asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   How long a time will probably have to elapse before the Federal Patent Office is established and in operation ?

2.   Will time be allowed after the arrangement of regulations and procedure to enable applicants in England and elsewhere to become aware of the forms and requirements of the new law ?

3.   Is it intended that the Federal Commissioner of Patents shall have charge of the cognate Departments of Trade Marks and Design Patents ?

4.   Is it the intention of the Government to introduce Bills next session to provide for Federal Trade Marks and Federal Design Patents respectively, so that all three Departments - viz. , Patents, Designs, and Trade Marks - shall be transferred simultaneously from State to Federal control ?

5.   Will provision be made that when applications have been lodged for provisional protection or letters patent for an invention in the six States of the Commonwealth, such combined applications may be taken up and dealt with under the Federal Patent Act ?

6.   Will similar provision be made in reference to Trade Marks and Design Patents ?

7.   Or will any other provision be made for dealing with applicants who have paid their fees under the conditions referred to in Questions 5 and 6 ?

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