United States v. Bethlehem Steel Co.
258 U.S. 321 (1922)

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United States v. Bethlehem Steel Co., 258 U.S. 321 (1922)

United States v. Bethlehem Steel Company

No. 127

Argued March 16, 1922

Decided April 10, 1922

258 U.S. 321

Syllabus

1. A contract of the United States to pay for its use of a patented invention is to be implied, rather than a tortious appropriation by the officers acting for the government. P. 258 U. S. 326.

2. When the government uses a patented invention with the permission of the owner and does not repudiate his title, an implied contract to pay reasonable compensation for the use arises. P. 258 U. S. 327.

53 Ct.Clms. 348 affirmed.

Appeal by the United States from a judgment sustaining a claim against it.

Page 258 U. S. 323

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