Mr. Chairman, I may say that since this 'bill passed its second reading it has been considered by a special committee of this house. I do not think any committee could be more patient than that committee has been in hearing the representations made by those interested in patents, and especially by the representative patent lawyers of the country. The bill is reported with amendments, and the entire committee concurred in the amendments suggested.
The first section of this bill deals with conflicting applications for patents. Formerly such patents were referred to arbitration under section 22 of the Patent Act. In 1923 parliament passed an amendment to the effect that, after arbitration proceedings were initiated, either party to those proceedings might apply to the exchequer court for the determination of the conflict, and that thereupon no further proceedings should be taken by arbitration. The result has been that in order to obtain access to the exchequer court arbitration proceedings have necessarily been begun, which were very expensive to the prospective litigants, and then, after considerable expenditure had been made by the one or both parties in preparation for the arbitration, on the application of one of the contestants, the whole case came within the jurisdiction of the exchequer court. After thoroughly considering the matter and in the hope of avoiding these circumlocutory proceedings and obviating expense for applicants for patents who could ill afford to bear that expense, the committee has unanimously adopted the proposed amendments to section 22. Some changes were made, ibut section 22,
as now expressed in section 1 of this bill, has received the unanimous approval of the committee, and I think I may say the unanimous approval of all the experts who appeared before the committee. I therefore move that section 1 be adopted.