The Barbed Wire Patent
143 U.S. 275 (1892)

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U.S. Supreme Court

The Barbed Wire Patent, 143 U.S. 275 (1892)

The Barbed Wire Patent

No. 128

Argued December 16-17, 1891

Decided February 29, 1892

143 U.S. 275

APPEAL FROM THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE UNITED

STATES FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF IOWA

Syllabus

The invention secured to Joseph F. Glidden by letters patent No. 157,124, dated November 24, 1874, for an improvement in wire fences, involved invention, and the patent therefor is valid.

Courts incline to sustain a patent to the man who takes the final step in the invention which turns failure into success.

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