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Patents, Designs and Trade Marks

Nature volume 141, page 1132 (25 June 1938) | Download Citation



THE fifty-fifth report of the Comptroller-General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks presents, as usual, a solid mass of information about the volume of business handled during 1937 in the Patent Office (Patents, Designs, and Trade Marks. Fifty-fifth Report of the Comptroller-General of Patents, Designs, and Trade Marks, with Appendices, for the Year 1937. Pp. 25. London: H.M. Stationery Office. 6d. net). Applications for patents, which should reflect the inventive activity of the country, went over the 35,000 mark during the year, and the work of the 821 members of the staff resulted in a surplus of close on £300,000. Two pages of the report are devoted to an account of the trend of invention to-day. Synthetic drugs, for example, sulphonamides, have had much attention, and hormones—to borrow a Stock Exchange phrase—are a strong feature. The special needs of bombers and bombs and the general demands of industry have caused the problems of getting and successfully using the extra-light metals magnesium and aluminium to be continuously tackled.

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