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William Carpmael (1832-1899)

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William Carpmael (1832-1899)

Son of William Carpmael

1866 William Carpmael, 24 Southampton Buildings, London.[1]

1899 May 29th. Died.

1899 Obituary [2]

William Carpmael was born in London on 1st December 1832, and was educated at Clapham Grammar School under Rev. Charles Pritchard, who afterwards became Savilian professor of astronomy at the University of Oxford.

In 1850 he entered the office of Messrs. Carpmael and Co., patent agents; and thenceforth till within a short time of his death he devoted the whole of his time to the practice of his profession.

On the death of his father in 1867 (Proceedings 1868, page 14) he became senior partner in the firm. Taking always a great interest in questions relating to patent law and practice, he gave evidence in 1872 before a select committee of the House of Commons on patent law; and in 1883 he took part in a deputation to the then President of the Board of Trade, with the result that material alterations were made in the patent act at that time under consideration, which afterwards became law. He also took a keen interest in the status of the profession, and was one of the founders of the Institute of Patent Agents.

From its foundation in 1882 he was a member of the Council, and he was elected President in 1886 and 1887. When the Institute was incorporated by royal charter in 1891, he remained a member of the Council. He contributed to the transactions numerous papers on professional subjects. For some years his health had been failing, and he was finally compelled to retire from practice.

He died on 29th May 1899 at the age of sixty-six. He became a Member of this Institution in 1866.

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