During 1892, 22659 patents were granted by the United States Government.
Having recognized for years past the necessity of a journal to meet the requirements of the engineering and inventive public, and having waited in vain for others to fill this need, we have come to the rescue and commenced the publication of this Journal. In presenting this issue we have endeavored to outline the proposed subject matter and policy of the journal, and our subscribers and supporters may rest assured that each subsequent issue will surpass the one immediately preceding it. It is our aim to bring before the Canadian mechanic a description of the latest improved machinery for manufacturing purposes, and it is also part of our aim to present to inventors, intending applicants for patents, and patentees, matters of importance transpiring around them in the patent world. To successfully accomplish our objects it is necessary that we should receive the support of the entire mechanical and inventive branches, and all subscriptions and advertisements addressed to us will be promptly attended to.
The Patent Office
It is rumored that the Commissioner of Patents has not placed his signature to any Canadian patents since February 28th, 1893. If such is the case it is to be deplored that such gross negligence on the part of an official at the head of one of the most important departments of the Government should be permitted to exist, and it is unquestionably the duty of the Government to investigate the case, and endeavor to provide a means for remedying this state of affairs. The Patent Office is one of the most important branches of the Government, as nearly all of our manufacturing industries are dependent upon the protection granted by patent rights, and if their interests are to be neglected in that respect the Patent Office might as well be abolished, and an expensive farce wiped off the Federal pay rolls.
Amendment to the Patent Act
A bill has lately passed the United States Senate making it compulsory for all railroads entering the United States to adopt an automatic car coupler before the year 1895. This is a move in the right direction by the United States Government, but it is more than possible that the validity of the Act will be questioned, and a test case carried by the railroad companies to the United States Supreme Court, before they will submit to make such an extensive alteration in their rolling stock. It is to be hoped that the Canadian Parliament will pass a similar Act in regard to Canadian railroads.