General memorandum submitted to the departmental committee to examine the British patent system – March 1968

Document No: PUB 1/80 Posted: 18 January 2021

The general theme of these submissions is that the patent system is important to the development of technology in a modern industrial State; that it is part of and interlocks with an international system and that unilateral abandonment is unthinkable.

The three principal complaints of industry are of uncertainty, delay and high cost. The uncertainty complaint is beamed mainly towards the difficulty of ascertaining at a given point of time what the patent situation is in regard to a particular industrial operation. The delays of which industry principally complains are in reaching a speedy and authentic answer on questions of validity and infringement - the complaint of high cost is particularly directed at High Court actions.

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