[LB028021], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to George Edward Gouraud, January 30th, 1889


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[LB028021], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to George Edward Gouraud, January 30th, 1889

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"Dear Sir:-### In view of the recent decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, I desire to modify Rule No. 3 of my letter of instructions to you under date Dec. 15th, 1888, which will now read as follows:- ### ‘In countries which grant patents for various terms up to fifteen years, you may without awaiting the issue of the corresponding U.S. patents make application for and take out fifteen year patents only, paying the fees for the short terms and making proper provision for the payment of subsequent fees necessary to maintain such patents for the full term for which they are originally granted. Following is a list of such countries: ### Portugal Italy Turkey Argentine Republic Austria ### In your letter to me under date 5th instant, you state that the 15 years fees which you paid the Austrian Government in connection with Cases 86 and 87 will be refunded for 14 years without any prejudice to the Austrian patents, and as the decision which I have previously referred to prevents such refundment from prejudicing my United States patents. I have no objection to you accepting the same. ### [Signature] Yours truly, TAE ### [Marginalia, Tate: "Note: ### "The Supreme Court decision herein referred to is that disposing of the Bate Refrigerator Case”]




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