[D8818ATB], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Edison Electric Light Co, September 12th, 1888



You have a large number of small detail patents which have never been litigated. They relate to details of manufacture &c. I desire to obtain the privilege of engaging our enemies upon the ground of these minor patents, a list of which I append. I wish to conduct these cases in my own name and in my own peculiar way, without interference from the Company, its Agents or Attorneys, and to accomplish this, should you consider favorably my request, it would be necessary for you to assign these patents to myself, so that the title may stand in my name on the books of the Patent Office. I will execute any contract to reassign them at any time the Company may direct. I will personally bear the whole expense in connection with these litigations and trust for reimbursement to the damages or back pay which I may be able to collect in successful cases. # I do not wish in any way to interfere in the suits the Company itself is conducting, but desire to take up a branch of litigation, which will in all probability never be reached by yourselves and which can be used with telling effect upon our opponents. # It is possible some of the patents in the attached list are already in litigation. If so, or if it is proposed to litigate any of them, such numbers may be eliminated. [list of 11 patents follows]








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[D8818ATB], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Edison Electric Light Co, September 12th, 1888

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