Hill v. Wooster
132 U.S. 693 (1890)

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Hill v. Wooster, 132 U.S. 693 (1890)

Hill v. Wooster

No. 10

Argued November 19-20, 1889

Decided January 13, 1890

132 U.S. 693

Syllabus

In a suit in equity brought under § 4915 of the Revised Statutes in a circuit court of the United States, there was a decree in favor of the plaintiff that he was entitled to receive a patent for certain claims. The decision rested solely on the fact that he was the prior inventor, as between

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him and the defendant. On appeal by the defendant to this Court, held that this Court must consider the question of the patentability of the inventions covered by the claims, and that, as they were not patentable, the decree must be reversed, and the bill be dismissed.

In equity. The suit was brought under section 4915 of the Revised Statutes of the United States to determine to whom a certain patent, yet to be issued, covering certain improvements in milk setting apparatus belonged. Decree in favor of the plaintiff, from which the defendants appealed. The case is stated in the opinion.

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