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The report of the Parker Committee on Patent Law 1916

Johnson, Phillip 2017. The report of the Parker Committee on Patent Law 1916. Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property 7 (2) , pp. 156-190. 10.4337/qmjip.2017.02.02

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The Report of the Parker Committee, formed in 1916 to consider potential reforms to patent law, was not published. It was concerned, in part, with the abuse of the British patent system by foreigners, proposing significant reforms to address the perceived issues. Ultimately, its proposals were the basis of the failed Patents and Designs Bill 1917. Significantly, the Committee considered issues around compulsory licences, licences of right and the patenting of medicinal products (that is, pharmaceuticals). The public records do not include a copy of the final report or all the key memoranda from which the Committee started its work. These are brought together here for the first time.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
K Law > K Law (General)
K Law > KD England and Wales
Uncontrolled Keywords: patent history; pharmaceutical patents; compulsory licensing; Patents and Designs Bill 1917
Publisher: Edward Elgar
ISSN: 2045-9807
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2019 13:41

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