to Mr. Bayard.
Bangkok, Siam, September 22, 1887. (Received November 14.)
Sir: It gives me pleasure to forward you a proposed enactment of the Siamese Government in regard to trade-marks, with the accompanying letter of the acting foreign minister, requesting that it be submitted to the Government of the United States for approval. This is something that has long been needed in Siam. Asiatics and others have been in the habit of using American and other nationalities’ trade-marks to an unlimited extent, especially as regards American petroleum, prints, and cotton goods. Large quantities of the latter are sent here and to China of an inferior quality with standard trade-marks on them; an inferior article of petroleum is also extensively shipped here stamped with the best American trade marks, and the country flooded with lamps made in Europe after American designs; all of which have a tendency to depreciate American goods. The carrying out of this law will put a stop to further deception and have a tendency to restore American goods to a proper basis.
At a meeting of the resident consuls in Bangkok objections were made to the law on account of excessive fees charged for registration; also, that it was indefinite in carrying out its provisions. While recognizing the necessity of the law, it was thought that the law of trade-marks in each country should be the basis of carrying out the law here, which, if done, would render it a nullity.
I have, etc.