The British government has decided that letters patent will not be granted by them for the colonies, even upon the payment of extra fees. This is the information we have received from our agents in London. "By this decision,inventors are debarred from obtaining protection for their inventions in the British Colonies. This is a recent decision of the British Patent Office. Of the mental calibre and administrative qualities of any man or class of men, no one can form a competent opinion, unless he is acquainted with the business over which such an administrator presides. Many, (too many) suppose that government officers sit away up in the clouds ; that they have qualities of mind far above common men. This is not so ; it is true now as it was a century ago, when Oxenstiern told his son to go to a convention of celebrated diplomatists " and see with how little wisdom the world was governed."
This article was originally published with the title "British Patent Office" in Scientific American 8, 18, 142 (January 1853)