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Reform of the British Patent System*

Nature volume 128, pages 165167 (01 August 1931) | Download Citation



THE need for various improvements in the British patent system has been constantly before the public in recent years, and it is generally agreed that the time is ripe for a general overhauling and lubrication of the machinery. The matter is important, for invention is closely, if subtly, connected with unemployment, and, moreover, it is chiefly through patent protection that workers in applied science can hope to win a share of the economic benefits which they confer on the community.

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