The Manufacturer's Aircraft Association

General Information

In 1917, the US government needed to purchase more airplanes to use in World War I. Holders of the early patents for and various intermediate goods needed for airplane production were charging exhorbitant royalties for use of their patents. Production of aircraft in the United States had nearly come to a halt as airplane producers sued each other for patent violations.

In March of that year there were two developments leading to the formation of the Manufacturers Airplane Association (MAA). An advisory panel (headed by then-Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt), recommended the formation of the patent pool. Also that month, congress passed the Naval Appropriation Act of the Fiscal Year 1918, which included $1,000,000 for the purchase or "condemnation" of airplane patents.

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