Minister Rockhill to the Secretary of State.
Peking, November 10, 1905.
Sir: As a further acknowledgment of your cabled instruction received November 7, asking me what progress has been made in negotiating for trade-mark regulations with China, I have the honor to report as follows:
On receipt of the department’s instruction No. 42, of August 17, 1905, I wrote the foreign representatives interested in the preparation of a new system of trade-mark regulations to be agreed upon with China that our Government considered that provision should be made to the end that registrations effected by American owners of trade-marks under the trade-mark regulations heretofore published should not be impaired.
On the 24th of October I received from the German minister the inclosed note, in which he informs me that he and his colleagues find it difficult to agree to the views of the United States as conveyed in my note.
Before transmitting this note to you I had wished, in order to save time, to include in it a report which I have asked for of our consuls-general at Shanghai and at Tientsin, stating how many, if any, Americans have registered trade-marks under the regulations heretofore published by China. I am inclined to think that very few have been so registered, and it might be possible in that case to have specific mention made of the fact of their registration in the new regulations or in some other official way which would enable us to meet the wishes of the other interested powers.
I have the honor, etc.