This scrapbook covers the period 1880-1889 and contains clippings relating to patents, patent laws, and patent litigation. Most of the clippings in the first part of the book are from 1880-1881 and concern patent laws in the United States and Great Britain. There are also miscellaneous clippings from 1881-1887 pertaining to electric lighting, particularly litigation in the United States and controversies between the Edison and Maxim interests in France. The second part of the book contains clippings from 1888-1889 regarding patent litigation. Among the cases cited are Edison Electric Light Company v. United States Electric Lighting Company, Edison v. Gramme Electric Company, and Edison v. Westinghouse. There is also material relating to the Bates Refrigerator case, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the expiration of a foreign patent had no effect on the validity of a U.S. patent. This case served as an important precedent for establishing the validity of Edison's electric light patents. The spine is labeled "T. A. Edison. No.67." The book contains 144 numbered pages.
Blank pages: 1-3, 128-144. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.