WRIGHT BROTHERS AND THE PATENT WAR.
Small group of documents relating to the Wrights' legal battles over patents with Glenn Curtiss and others, comprising:
1. Circuit Court of the United States ... The Wright Company, Complainant, against the Herring-Curtiss Company and Glenn Curtiss, Defendants... Opinion by John R. Hazel ... The Wright Company, Complainant, against Louis Paulhan, Defendant. Opinion by Samuel Hand. New York: C.G. Burgoyne, . 16 pp. 9 x 6 inches. Printed wrappers. Wrappers dust-soiled, previously folded vertically.
2. Typescript, 22 pp recto only, 12½ x 8½ inches, being a transcript of the cross-examination of Wilbur Wright, September 13-16, 1911.
3. Carbon copy typescript, 32 pp recto only, 10½ x 8 inches, being a French translation of the judgment handed down by the District Court of New York on February 21, 1913, in the case Wright Company against Herring-Curtiss Company.
4. Typescript, 26 pp recto only, 12 x 8 inches, being a summary of the proceedings in the District Court on February 21, 1913, and the Circuit Court of Appeals on January 13, 1914, with 2 black and white photographic reproductions of diagrams of the Flyer.
All somewhat toned and brittle.
The Wright brothers sued Curtiss for infringing their patent by profiting from flying or selling aircraft that used ailerons, and also sued foreign aviators who flew at US exhibitions, including the leading French aviator Louis Paulhan. The patent war came to an end in 1917 when the US Government realized the legal disputes were affecting the supply of airplanes so vitally needed in the ongoing war. The Government stepped in and enforced a patent pool that would lower licensing fees but provide a stream of revenue to Wright and Curtiss.