Patents Appeal Tribunal, Registered Designs Appeal Tribunal and Supreme Court of Judicature, High Court of Justice, Chancery Division, Patents Court: Court Books 1932-1980
These court books were used by the several registrars to record proceedings. Volumes down to 1948 are indexed. The series also includes a court book, 1972 to 1980, in respect of patents cases, which were the subject of further appeal to the Court of Appeal.
The comptroller general of patents, designs, and trade marks has important judicial functions in his field. Originally appeals from his decisions lay to the law officers, but the Patents and Designs Act 1932 established a Patents Appeal Tribunal to deal with such cases. The tribunal consisted of a judge nominated by the Lord Chancellor. Further appeal under certain circumstances lay to the Court of Appeal under the Patents Act 1949. Under the Registered Designs Act 1949 designs were dealt with separately from patents and a Registered Designs Appeal Tribunal was constituted. The jurisdiction of the Patents Appeal Tribunal was replaced by that of the Patents Court under the provisions of the 1977 Patents Act.
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