The American vs. Foreign Patent Systems

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The announcement by Secretary Hoover, coincident with the transfer of the Patent Office from the Department of the Interior to the Department of Commerce, that proposals “for the equitable and equal treatment of patentees of all countries” will be made by the American delegation at the forthcoming International Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property forecasts an international patent controversy of vital concern to American industry and the industry of all other nations.

The American effort, backed as it is with the threat that “if this convention shall fail to secure primary justice for American patentees, we shall ask for a complete revision of the patent laws of the United States which will bring this about”, is certain, if unsuccessful, to be followed by domestic ...

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