[LB012237], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Charles Batchelor, May 3rd, 1882


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[LB012237], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Charles Batchelor, May 3rd, 1882

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Taking out Patents. I do not think I have ever written you personally on the questin of the taking out of patents on the continent of Europe##My reasons for taking the European business out of Serrells hands were 1st that I had engaged R. N. Dyer as patent attorney exclusively in my interest and therefore no longer required the services of Serrell as all cases are prepared in my own office & 2nd that so many complaints had been made against Serrells Foreign agents as to many glaring imperfections in Patents taken out that I thought it absolutely necessary that my [taking] patent business should go through other channels.##Roth Puskas and Bailey have always stated that Brandon is a very poor patent attorney, that he is quite [------inted] with present patent practice & that my patent interests in France were very much prejudiced by having my applications pass through his hands. Of course it is impossible for me to know whether this is so or not as I do not know whether he remodels the cases sent him before filing them, or whether he files an exact translation of what he receives from here. If the latter course is pursued he is in no way responsible. However this may be I think the whole business should be put into the hands of a first class Parisian attorney who should look after all new cases for the continent of Europe & remodel the specifications sent from here so that they will comply with the local patent laws. He should also take in hand the paying of annuities & working of patents & in this connection your attorney should be plased in communication with Brewer & Jensen with the object of taking over this part of the business from them##I have heard Armangaud spoken of as a man extremely well suited for our business but of course I will leave the choice of a man to yourself as you are on the ground and far better able to judge than myself.##So far as payment for Patents is concerned of course your people in Paris pay for the Electric Light Patents for countries controlled by them. I particularly wish to pay myself for all Rail Road patents that Dyer may order to be taken out.##As to the payment made by Brandon on the Spanish Colonial Patents I presume he must have received some instructions from Serrell. If so he should apply to Serrell for payment and not to you I have never given Brandon any instructions except through you





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