[D8742AAA], Letter from Samuel Flood Page to Thomas Alva Edison, January 12th, 1887


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[D8742AAA], Letter from Samuel Flood Page to Thomas Alva Edison, January 12th, 1887

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"The board have had under consideration the question of payment of renewal fees for patents. These are rather heaby, as during the year 1887 we shall have to pay a fee of 10 pounds each on twenty light Edison patents. The board are of course most anxious to maintain in full force all the patents that they are advised are, or can possibly become, of value. But at the same time they think that there is no useful object to be gained by maintaining in force patents which their scientific advising tell them are not likely to be of any financial advantage to the company. Being anxious however to carry you thoroughly with them in the matter they have instructed me to ask whether you see any objection to allowing the following patents to drop -- that is, that the directors by not paying the renewal fee will allow these patents to lapse, viz: no. 3231 81 [July 26], 3804 81 [Sep 1], 4552 81 [Oct 18] and 4571 81 [Oct 19]." Marginalia by TAE: "I agree with these Expe[-]at They may abandon the patent named"




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