Chargé Coolidge to the Secretary of State.
Peking, China, January 7, 1905.
Sir: Acknowledging the receipt of Department Instruction No. 855, of November 18, and continuing Mr. Conger’s dispatch No. 1762, of December 8, with regard to trade-mark regulations, I have the honor to transmit a statement by Mr. Williams, the Chinese secretary of this legation, giving an exact account of the subsequent development of the situation, from which it will be seen that the protesting ministersa have succeeded in their effort to secure the postponement of registration for, I fear, an indefinite period. This postponement probably also involves the abandonment, for the present, of any attempt at framing patent or copyright regulations, as provided by recent treaties. This result will be received with satisfaction by the foreign commercial communities in the treaty ports, with the exception of the Japanese.
The question of the registration of the trade-marks already filed, in accordance with the regulations as originally issued, will come up for settlement when the legal time for registration arrives.
I have, etc.,
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