This company entered the motion picture business in 1894. During the period August-October 1894 it acquired the exclusive rights to sell and exhibit Edison's kinetoscopes and kinetoscope films in Europe, Mexico and South America, the West Indies, Australia, Burma, Ceylon, and India. It founded the Continental Commerce Company in September 1894 to handle the European, Asian, and African business. The company adopted the name Maguire & Baucus, Ltd. during 1896. On December 7, 1897, Edison brought suit against the company for infringement of his motion picture patents.