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BRITISH SOUTH AFRICA-PATENTS.

(RHODESIA—MASHONALAND-MATEBELELAND.)

We have just received advices that patents may now be obtained, protecting inventions throughout the territories of the British South Africa Company. The law in force is precisely the same as in Cape Colony, Act No. 17 of 1860 of that Colony having been adopted in full, and put into operation in the territories of the Company.

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FEES:
PATENT; cost of applying for, all taxes paid for 3 years..

$125 00 Taxes, payable before expiration of third year

60 00 v seventh year.

110 00 Assignments, preparing and recording....

40 00 DOCUMENTS REQUIRED. We will supply full information as to documents required, and blank forms for same upon application.

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The NOTE.-All former quotations of charges are hereby cancelled. information contained herein is intended to supplement that given in our Addenda No. 13.

We are pleased to be able to state that the practice with regard to patents and trade marks is becoming settled, and that we can now give our correspondents the advantage of lower charges for applications, and also information upon some hitherto doubtful points of practice.

CHARGES :
PATENT, application for, including all taxes for 5 years, and translation
of specifications up to 1,000 words....

$75 00 “ all taxes paid for 10 years.

80 00 “ 15

85 00 Translations, each 100 words in excess of 1,000....

1 00
Amendments, before issue, including translations, etc., from..
Appeals, in case of final rejection by Primary Examiners, from...
Assignments, preparing and recording ......

40 00 Workings, exclusive of freight charges, cost of manufacture, etc.,.... 75 00

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10 00 up. 60 00 up.

Trade Marks, application for registration
Assignment of Trade Marks, preparing and recording.

50 00 40 00

PRACTICE. Prohibition of Importation. Art. XXIV (3) of the patent law prohibits importation of patented articles under penalty of the forfeiture of the patent. Forfeiture will also be incurred if the patentee knows that some other person is importing and selto all patents, whether held by natives or foreigners, and will be strictly enforced.

Issue of Patent to Assignee. The law requires that an application for patent shall be made by the actual inventor. The patent may however be issued to an inventor and an assignee jointly, or to an assignee alone, upon the request of the inventor to this effect, duly set forth in the application for patent. Where the patent is to issue to the assignee alone, two duly legalized powers of attorney must be provided, one executed by the inventor, and the other by the assignee.

Delay for Lodging Papers. When an applicant cannot file the specifications or drawiugs at the time of application, he may first file the application oply, and subsequently file the specifications and drawings within 30 days from the date of filing the application.

Term of Patent. The term of a patent cannot be altered after it has once been granted.

Joinder of Inventions, Division, Examination. We are advised that independ. ent inventions for which separate patents have been obtained, or will be issued in the United States, or elsewhere, cannot be joined in a single patent in Japan. Separate ap. plications should be filed for all such distinct inventions, otherwise division will usually be required. In conducting examinations as to novelty, the examiners not only examine Japanese patents issued, but also, all foreign patents of which they have copies (including the official gazettes), and where they discover that a number of separate patents have been issued in another country, they may be expected to require similar divisions for Japan.

Inventions Already Patented Elsewhere. Our agents have obtained an opinion of the Chief of the Patent Bureau to the effect that an invention already patented in another country or countries cannot be patented in Japan, if any publication of the invention, such as the publication in the U. S. Official Gazette, has been forwarded to Japan and is accessible to the public there. Copies of the U. S. Official Gazette, are, we understand, forwarded to Japan regularly as issued, and, among other places, to the Japanese Patent Office.

Vigorous efforts are being made to have this ruling reversed by the higher authorities, and with a fair chance of success. So long as this ruling is enforced, however, all applications should be filed before any publication of the invention is made or received in Japan.

Re-issues, Disclaimers, Interferences. These are provided for by the patent law, the practice and proceedings being substantially the same as in the United States.

Appeals. If an applicant is dissatisfied with a decision rejecting his application, he may, within thirty days from the date of such decision, file a written statement of the grounds of his dissatisfaction, and demand a re-examination, which will then be made. If the application is again rejected, he may, within sixty days from the date of the second rejection, demand a trial before the Patent Bureau. The above times may be extended upon due application and for good reasons. The trial may be eitler written or oral, public or private, the applicant being allowed to submit both arguments and proofs.

Assignments. The documents must be in duplicate, duly legalized by a Japanese Consul. The original patent must also be forwarded. Art. XXII, of the law, provides that assignments shall be invalid unless they are registered.

Marking Patented Articles. Patentees are required to affix to patented articles such marks as may be determined by the Minister of State for Agriculture and Commerce. Date of Completion of Invention. The Patent Office now requires applicants to state the date upon which they completed their inventions. It may not always be easy to fix such date, but some date must be given, and the applicant should endeavor to fix, and state as nearly as possible, the date upon wbich he actually completed the invention for which he is applying for a patent. This statement should be made in the power of attorney.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED. 1. Power of Attorney, signed by the applicant, all names in full-no initials. The date upon which the incention was completed, and applicant's occupation and address, should be stated in the power. The power of attorney must be acknowledged before a notary public, who must certify to the nationality of applicant in his certificate. The document must then be legalized by a Japanese Consul.

2. Specification in Duplicate, on any suitable paper, no signatures required.

3. Four Copies of the Drawings on tracing cloth or Japanese paper, the sheets of which should preferably measure 10 inches wide by 15 inches in length. The letters and figures of reference should be inserted in lead pencil so that they may be readily erased and Japanese characters substituted therefor. A fifth copy of the drawings should be furnished for the use of our correspondents whenever possible, having the letters and figures of reference inserted in ink. None of the drawings should be signed.

NOTICE.
Please note for future use, should occasion arise, that our Mr. William Evarts
Richards has been appointed :

Consul, at New York, of the Republic of Paraguay ;
Commissioner of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland ;
Commissioner of the Supreme Court of the Cape of Good Hope.

Primaruah

We compute foreign currencies as follows: £1 $4.87 ; 1 Franc

19 3-10 cents ;

1 Mark 23 8-10 cents.

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