Committee on Finance. - Vote 60—Industrial and Commercial Property Registration Office.

I move:—

Go ndeontar suim ná raghaidh thar £9,169 chun slánuithe na suime is gá chun íoctha an Mhuirir a thiocfaidh chun bheith iníoctha i rith na bliana dar críoch an 31adh lá de Mhárta, 1944, chun Tuarastail agus Costaisí na hOifige Clárathachta Maoine Tionnscail agus Tráchtála (Uimh. 16 de 1927 agus Uimh. 13 de 1929).

That a sum, not exceeding £9,169 be granted to complete the sum necessary to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending the 31st day of March, 1944, for the Salaries and Expenses of the Industrial and Commercial Property Registration Office (No. 16 of 1927 and No. 13 of 1929).

Could the Minister give us any explanation of the Vote?

It is a normal vote. This is the office that deals with patents and trade marks. It is, in fact, a revenue-producing service.

I should like to know from the Minister whether the law in regard to patents here is still the same as the law which obtained under the British Parliament in that regard.

No. The patent law is still the same as it was when the previous Government passed the Industrial and Commercial Property Registration Act.

You did nothing about it?

We set up a commission to see what changes could be made, and the report of that commission was received just before the outbreak of the war.

Is the report filed?

It is certainly not the intention of the Government to undertake the drafting of a new Act while the war is on.

Vote agreed to.