File No. 811.54262/78a

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in France ( Sharp)2


2193. The Department has under consideration the question as to whether it might be possible to effect an arrangement with the German Government, through appropriate channels, respecting patents, copyrights, and trade-marks, such arrangement to deal with the following matters: permission for the nationals of each country to file patent applications in the other, whatever may be their residence the payment of fees required to preserve patent rights in Germany; regulations as to manufacturing of inventions required in some cases to preserve patent rights; the payment of royalties by the nationals of one country to the nationals of another. The Department desires that you inquire of the French Government as to whether they have made any arrangement with enemy countries with a view to securing to their nationals the right to communicate with enemy nationals and to take the proper and necessary steps in connection with transactions of this character, and as to whether permission has been granted to French citizens to take such steps. Call attention in detail to all above-mentioned matters.

Please report promptly to Department, by telegraph, any information you may be able to obtain.

  1. The same, mutatis mutandis, on the same date, to the Ambassador in Great Britain (No. 4742). (File No. 811.54262/78b.)