[CE88055], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Compagnie Continentale Edison, November 7th, 1888


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[CE88055], Letter from Alfred Ord Tate to Compagnie Continentale Edison, November 7th, 1888

Editor's Notes

We have received your letter of 16th October, in which you refer to certain staqtements that have been made by Mr. Duncan, to the effect that the representative of the American Edison Light company in their patent litigation has declared void the Austrian Edisons patents on incandescent lamp.##We know nothing whtever of Mr. Duncan, nor are we able to confirm the statement which the American Ediosn Light Co's representative is credited, and it appears to us that in any event you have exaggerated the importance of the rumor. The Austrian Edison patents could not be invalidated simply by the declaration of this representative. If it were in the power of a foreign company to vitiate patents in European countries merely by the eexpression of an opinion there could be absolutely no protection offered patentees in these countries a condition of affairs which surely does not exist.##In relation to the French Patents which were taken out during the year 1887 in the name of Mr. Edison, viz a--No 187662 on 17th December, 87. Improvements in b--Set 69, dated Nov. 22d, 87. Electrical Motors, your inquiry is quite pertinent and we are making an investigation.We bet to assure you that there has been no intentio on the part of any one to act in a manner contrary to that specified in our contract of November 5th 1886, and our explanation of the matter will follow this letter in course of a few days.




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Thomas A. Edison Papers, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University
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