The MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE (Hon. Sydney Fisher) moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 184) further to amend the Patent Act. He said : In introducing this Bill, I think that perhaps a short explanation is due to the House. The immediate necessity for the passage of an Act of this character is due to the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada last December in the case of Power vs. Griffin, the effect of which decision has been to alter materially the practice of the department, and in some cases to throw a doubt upon the validity of certain acts of the department in the past. The Bill provides for various other amendments to the Patent Act which have been asked for by the applicants for patents and by those who are practising as patent solicitors in Canada. The Bill provides first of all, to remove doubts raised by the decision of the Supreme Court as to the powers of the deputy commissioner of patents or the acting deputy commissioner of patents. While the decision of the court itself did not involve any question as to the powers of these two officials, still there was an expression of opinion by some of the judges that the deputy commissioner and the acting deputy commissioner had been performing certain acts which they considered to be only within the purview of the commissioner himself.