[D8849AAI], Letter from George Edward Gouraud to Thomas Alva Edison, March 7th, 1888


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[D8849AAI], Letter from George Edward Gouraud to Thomas Alva Edison, March 7th, 1888

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"The delay in filing the German phonograph patent was unavoidable, in view of all the circumstances; 1st, your approval of my suggestion that it should not be filed until we should have Moulton's revision of the English specification, which was worth waiting for, as is proved by his addition of three claims, which I think you will agree are important. Then, instead of having it translated here, I had it done in Germany, for I know as a fact that no patent agent does that with regard to foreign patents, it being universally considered that the local patent agents are best competent to do it, as it requires of course a very nice, and document. When the specification as finally filed in England was ready, it was dispatched without delay to Germany, with the urgent request to make it ready for filing with the least possible delay, consistent with careful and thorough work. It was a very long specification, and it no doubt took longer than either you or I imagined, but I am sure it was well done. My knowledge of the French language enables me to say that the French translation was an excellent one. The only consequences which may result from the premature publication of the 'Scientific American' applies to the English Colonies, as possibly it may have reached there before the patents were filed. I do not see anything to be gained by these early newspaper disclosures in America. As an advertisement, it certainly is not wanted, this thing will advertise itself. I hope as regards further improvements, you will insure me against the risk incurred in the case in question." G.E. Gouraud [Marginalia: Send to Dyer"]




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