The Secretary of State to the Ambassador of the Soviet Union (Panyushkin)

The Secretary of State presents his compliments to his Excellency the Ambassador of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and has the honor to call his attention to the fact that Max B. Millet & Co., Inc. has executed an agreement with the Soviet Government Purchasing Commission of the USSR in the USA relating to patent licensing for the Duo-Sol process in the oil refineries furnished to the Soviet Government under lend-lease.1 The company has stated that the agreement was signed by Mr. A. Zakharov,2 Chairman of the Commission, who, it was informed, is fully authorized to execute such agreements on the behalf of his Government without co-signers. The company would like to have confirmation of Mr. Zakharov’s authority to sign without co-signers.

The Secretary of State will appreciate being informed of the extent of Mr. Zakharov’s authority to sign such agreements on behalf of the Soviet Government.3

  1. The Max B. Miller & Co., Inc., 501 Fifth Avenue, New York 17, N.Y., in a letter of February 15, 1950, informed the Department of State that the patent compensation agreement had been executed as of this date.
  2. Alexey Vasilyevich Zakharov.
  3. The Embassy of the Soviet Union answered in its note No. 42 of March 17 that Chairman Zakharov “was empowered to sign alone” the agreement. This assurance was repeated to Mr. Max B. Miller, Jr., in a letter of March 31 from Leroy D. Stinebower, the Acting Director of the Office of Financial and Development Policy. (761.56/3–1750)