Observations on the Defects of the Patent Laws of This Country: With Suggestions for the Reform of Them
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1851. Excerpt: ... OBSERVATIONS ON THE DEFECTS OF THE PATENT LAWS, WITH SUGGESTIONS FOR THE AMENDMENT OF THEM. Tiie necessity for some alteration of the Patent Laws of tliis country has long been felt, and the time seems at length to have arrived when something must be done to satisfy the demands of the public, for such a reform of those laws as will adapt them to the present advanced state of the useful arts. The difficulty of dealing with this subject has hitherto been the main impediment to this desirable reform; and, in order now to insure the preparation of a useful law respecting patent inventions, it is desirable that the subject should be fully discussed, so that the new law may be made as perfect as practicable. With this view the writer ventures to submit to the public a few observations respecting the defects of the existing laws, and the provisions required for remedying the evils which they produce. And, firstly, with respect to the Defects of the existing Law and Practice. The objections to the present state of the patent law have regard--to the complicated and dilatory proceedings which must be taken -i to procure patents;--to the enormous cost of such grants; and--L to the inefficiency of the law for the protection of the rights either of patentees or the public. The report of the Privy Seal Commission, published some months ago, and the subsequent public discussions respecting the complex procedure for obtaining a patent, render it unnecessary to make any detailed statement of the numerous steps which must be taken before an inventor can obtain a grant of the solo use of his invention. The proceedings may, however, be shortly stated as being, --a petition for the patent, verified by a solemn declaration, and left at the Home Office; a reference of the petiti..
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