[LB012448], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Uriah Hunt Painter, May 29th, 1882


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[LB012448], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to Uriah Hunt Painter, May 29th, 1882

Editor's Notes

Referring to the Bill, now before the Senate for the protection of purchasers of patented articles buying from Infringers of the Patents, if the act provides that the purchase shall have been made in good faith, and that no notice of such sale being fraudulent shall have been given - I should see no great objection to its enactment if a clause was inserted giving the Inventor some remedy against the parties who wilfully pirated his invention by such sales. Such patent pirates should I think, (upon proof being given that they were fraudulently selling the Invention of another)O be sent to the States Prison. France sets as a good example in this matter as Infringers there are, I believe, liable to be sent to Foulon to work in the chain gang for five years. I think if the proposed act passes in its present form it will simply be an act for the Encouragement of Patent Pirates. I see not the slightest objection to protection being given to an innocent purchaser of a pirated patented article but I think it would be a great injustice to give that protection at the expense of the Inventor & Patentee.##Congress when attempting to give protection to the purchaser must not forget the interests of the Inventor, and should at the same time take radical measures to discourage the now too prevalent practice of patent pirating





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