[D8954AAR], Letter from Richard Nott Dyer to Thomas Alva Edison, February 15th, 1889


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[D8954AAR], Letter from Richard Nott Dyer to Thomas Alva Edison, February 15th, 1889

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Dear Sir####In order to prevent the possibility of our opponents buying up a foreign patent on the filament and by failing to pay the tax injuring our patent here, the Light Co has deccided to advance the taxes on any foreign patent earlier than the U.S. patent, so as I extend the foreign patent for the full term. This we did in the case of Italy the Paris Co agreeing to refund the taxes year by year as they would otherwise pay them, and if they wanted to drop the patent we would take title. After cableing abroad to get field information I find that the only outstanding [cashier?] foreign patent not extended for its full life (on the filament) is the Belgian patent dated Nov 29th 1879.####The paris Co may not feel like obliging the Light Co, and hence I thought it better that a cable should go from you, say as follows:####"Pay full taxes on Belgian patent covering filament set [there?] granted November 29, 1879 on my acount to be repaid yearly by you. Answer"####If you will do this and send the well for the account when received from the Paris Co to the Light Co the latter Co will pay it, or if it beomes necessary to cable the money over the Light Co will do so####Yours truly, Rich N Dyer####[name mentions: Rich N Dyer, Edison Electric Light Co, Societie Electrique Edison, Richard Dyer]




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