Grinnell Washing Machine Co. v. E. E. Johnson Co.
247 U.S. 426 (1918)

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U.S. Supreme Court

Grinnell Washing Machine Co. v. E. E. Johnson Co., 247 U.S. 426 (1918)

Grinnell Washing Machine Company

v. E. E. Johnson Company

No. 272

Argued April 26, 29, 1918

Decided June 10, 1918

247 U.S. 426

Syllabus

Patent No. 950,402, granted to W. F. Phillips, for a gearing device applied to a washing machine whereby the operation of wringing, in either direction, may be conducted and controlled simultaneously with the operation of washing, or separately, with one motor, is void for want of invention.

A combination of old elements, evolving no new cooperative function and producing no new result, other than convenience and economy, held not patentable.

231 F. 988 affirmed.

The case is stated in the opinion.

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