The Life and Times of Viscount Palmerston: Embracing the Diplomatic and Domestic History of the British Empire During the Last Half Century (Classic Reprint)

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Of the general absence of inventiveness conspicuous at these exhibitions, one cause arose from the fact, that the exhibitor had no protection whatever for any invention or mechanical improvement of which he might be the discoverer; This led to the passing, during the parliamentary session of 1865, of what was popularly known as the Workman's Industrial Exhibition Act, whereby that portion of the patent law which refused protection to an inventor who had publicly exhibited any article before it had been patented, was modified, so far as articles displayed in working class industrial exhibitions were concerned. To secure the advantages conferred by this act, it is necessary that the exhibition should be certified by the Board of Trade. The effect of this measure has been to occasion a larger display Of inventive power on the part of the exhibitors. At the Birmingham Industrial Exhibition many specimens of inventive genius were exhibited, which, but for the protection afforded by the Industrial Exhibition Act, would never have. Been publicly displayed.

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