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British Telecommunications Act 1981

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8(1)The Corporation shall have the power to use, for a purpose referable to its functions, any article vested in it and made before 1st October 1969, in the exercise of the powers conferred by section 46 of the [1949 c. 87.] Patents Act 1949, by a government department, or a person authorised by a government department.

(2)In the case of articles described in sub-paragraph (1) and articles vested in the Corporation and—

(a)made on or after 1st October 1969 under an authority continued in force by, or conferred by virtue of, paragraph 2. of Schedule 10 to the 1969 Act; or

(b)made on or after the appointed day under an authority continued in force by, or conferred by virtue of, paragraph 3,

the Corporation, if the circumstances are such that their supply to the government of a country outside the United Kingdom is, by virtue of section 46(6) of the Patents Act 1949, included among the services of the Crown, shall have power to sell them to that government, and if the circumstances are such that their supply to the United Nations is, by virtue of that section, so included, shall have power to sell them to that organisation.

(3)In the case of articles mentioned in sub-paragraph (2) and articles vested in the Corporation and—

(a)made on or after 1st October 1969 by virtue of paragraph 3. of Schedule 10 to the 1969 Act; or

(b)made on or after the appointed day by virtue of paragraph 4,

the Corporation shall have power to sell to any person such, if any, of them as are not required for a purpose referable to functions of the Corporation.

(4)The purchaser of any articles sold in the exercise of powers conferred by this paragraph, and any person claiming through him, shall have power to deal with them in the same manner as if the patent were held by or on behalf of the Corporation.

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