File No. 406/180–181.
The Secretary of State to Minister Rockhill.
Washington , May 27, 1908 .
Sir: With reference to the agreement between the United States and Great Britain for the protection of trade-marks in China effected by an exchange of notes on June 28, 1905, I inclose herewith, for the information of the legation and of the various consuls in China, a copy of a note dated May 19, 1908, from the British ambassador.
You will note that under the British law existing until 1907 in China the consent of His Majesty’s minister at Peking was necessary before a foreigner could institute proceedings against a British subject in the British courts in China for pirating a trade-mark which was the property of the plaintiff. By Articles III and IV of the [Page 524] order in council of 1907, the consent of His Majesty’s minister in Peking in this respect is no longer requisite.
I am, etc.,
- That is, the China and Korea order in council, 1904.↩