811.54262/304: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Germany (Houghton)

61. The Department desires you to address a note to the Foreign Office as follows:

“The benefits of Article 289 of the Treaty of Versailles relating to the revival of bilateral treaties or conventions made with Germany by nations described in that Treaty as the Allied and Associated Powers are among those secured to the United States by the Treaty with Germany, signed on August 25, 1921,8 to restore friendly relations between the two nations. According to paragraph (5) of Article II of that Treaty, the period of time, namely, six months, within which the United States is privileged to revive any bilateral treaty or convention concluded with Germany began to run from the date of the coming into force of the Treaty, that is, on November 11, 1921, the date on which ratifications of the Treaty were exchanged.

The Government of the United States desire to revive the Patent Agreement concluded between the United States and the German Empire on February 23, 1909. By direction of my Government, I have the honor to give in its behalf to the German Government the official notification contemplated by Article 289 of the Treaty of Versailles to revive that agreement. According to the terms of that Article, the revival will take effect on this date.”

You will please have this note delivered at the Foreign Office on the date which the note bears in order that there will be no doubt [Page 267] as to the date on which the Agreement is revived, and you will telegraph the Department the date of your note in which you make notification, which you will observe must be given before May 11, 1922.