The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in China (Gauss)
245. 1. The Department has been approached by Eli Lilly and Company which desires to re-register with the Chinese Trademark Bureau certain trademarks which according to the Company are due to expire the end of this year.
2. This approach raises the question of what procedure should be followed by American firms for the re-registration of trademarks in China during the war period. Forms for the re-registration of trademarks with the Chinese Trademark Bureau are not available in this country. Moreover, as the Embassy is of course aware, many American firms that were formerly engaged in business in China do not now have agents or representatives there who could file the necessary papers on behalf of the firms with the Trademark Bureau.
3. The Department would appreciate it if the Embassy would ascertain what procedure American firms should follow under present wartime conditions in order to effect re-registration of trademarks with the Chinese Trademark Bureau.