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CLAIM AGAINST WAR OFFICE SETTLED. AN IMPORTANT AGREEMENT. The famous Wright patent claims in connection- with flying have been suUlid, u» far »,s Groat Britain is concerned. The Government have settled terms with _tho British Wright Company hv paying a lump sum of £15,000 lor past, present, and future use of the original _ patent taken out by Orville and Wilhnr Wright. The English journal ‘Flight’ remarks: “Quite apart from the natural satisfaction we must all fed for this ofliefdl recognition of the services rendered to aviation bv the Wright brothers, English manufacturers must feel a sense of relief to know ihat all the machines they have made in the past or may in'future make for their principal customers—tho Army ami the Navy—aro now removed from the possibility, of forming the subject of litigation in respect to the infringement of the pioneer patent. Tho action of tho British Wright Company against Mr lUcrvyn O’Gormnn, the nominee of the War Office, has been going on quietly for moro than a year past, following several months of earlier discussion, and wo understand that the offer to accept £15,000 in settlement of tho original claim of £25,00(1 was made by the British "Wright Company in order to relieve tho Government from an unnecessary embarrassment during the stress of war. Both sides are to bo congratulated on their good sense in coming to this settlement.” The IVright patents are .very farreaching, and there was, when the litigation began, a hot discussion as to the right of the inventors to patent_ such broad principles. The chief claim is the combination of wing-warping with the us© of the rudder for maintaining lateral stability, particularly as tho vital system of wing-warping invented by the Wrights does not alone give satisfactory control. At tho time, tnoir system and modifications of it were practically tho only satisfactory solution of the stability problem. It is quite possible that the fighting of tho claim by the Wrights has done more for the development of the aeroplane than would the free use of their invention, as it has , forced research after other methods of control, several of which have been discovered and found very satisfactory*

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THE WRIGHT PATENTS, Issue 15674, 12 December 1914

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THE WRIGHT PATENTS Issue 15674, 12 December 1914

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