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Wednesday, 1 August 1906
Page: 2167

Mr GROOM (Darling Downs) (Minister of Home Affairs) . - The clause was modified in the Senate. It provides that the owner of a registered design shall substantially use it, or cause it to be used, in manufacture in Australia within two years of the date of the registration ; but that if a man having registered a design in Australia uses it in manufacture, say, in France the period within which he must use it in manufacture in Australia, in order to preserve his copyright in it, shall be reduced to six months from the date of registration. The clause follows the principle of the English Act. If under that Act a man registers a design in England and manufactures abroad, he must, to preserve his copyright, use it in England within a certain time.

Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - A manufacturer abroad may wish to protect a design in Australia.

Mr GROOM - Then he must manufacture in Australia within six months from the date of its registration here.

Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) -. - Cannot a manufacturer abroad protect a design in Australia without manufacturing here?

Mr GROOM - That question raises another point. The clause deals with the case of a man who, having registered in Australia, uses the design in manufacture abroad.


Mr GROOM - I think that it is. Clause 17 provides what designs may be registered, Under it only new and original designs, which have not teen published in Australia before the lodging of an application here, can be registered. The clause with which we are now dealing provides for what must be done after registration has been effected.

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