No. 533.
Mr. Bell to Mr. Bayard.

No. 252.]

Sir: Referring to my No. 249, of the 16th June last, I have now the honor to inform the Department that his excellency the minister of foreign affairs, under the date of the 24th instant, copy of note inclosed herewith, informed me that the tribunal of Batavia, by a judgment under date of May 11th last denied the application of Englehard & Company to register a trade-mark bearing among other words “Devoe Manufacturing Company.”

I have, etc.,

Isaac Bell, Jr.
[Inclosure in No. 252.—Translation.]

Mr. Karnebeek to Mr. Bell.

Mr. Minister: By your note of the 31st of May last you called my attention to the fact that the house of Englehard & Co., of Java, in order to obtain the registration for its own profit of the trade-mark of the Devoe Manufacturing Company, had made an application to that effect without the knowledge of that company, and to the disagreeable consequences which would result therefrom.

Having hastened to consult upon this subject the minister of the colonies, I have the honor to bring to your knowledge that in effect the house of Englehard Co. has deposited or made application for a mark, upon which was found, among others, the words “Devoe Manufacturing Company.”

However, the tribunal oi Batavia, by a judgment of the 11th of May last, denied the registration of this mark, which is probably that referred to in your before-mentioned note, as not being permitted by the provisions of the royal decree of April 6, 1885, regulating the registration in our colonies of trade-marks, but which prohibits the inscription of marks composed exclusively of letters, figures, or ordinary words.

Accept, etc.,