General Electric Co. v. Marvel Rare Metals Co.
287 U.S. 430 (1932)

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General Electric Co. v. Marvel Rare Metals Co., 287 U.S. 430 (1932)

General Electric Co. v. Marvel Rare Metals Co.

No. 57

Argued November 17, 1932

Decided December 12, 1932

287 U.S. 430

Syllabus

1. In a suit in the district court for infringement of patents, an order granting a motion to dismiss, for want of jurisdiction, a counterclaim alleging infringement by plaintiffs of a patent of the defendants and praying for an injunction and an accounting held an interlocutory order refusing an injunction, and appealable to the Circuit Court of Appeals under Judicial Code, § 129; U.S.C. Tit. 28, § 227. P. 287 U. S. 432.

2. Section 48 of the Judicial Code (U.S.C. Tit. 28, § 227) relates to venue, and the privilege conferred by it upon defendants in patent cases, in respect of the places in which suits may be maintained against them, may be waived. P. 287 U. S. 434.

3. In a suit in the district court for infringement of patents, a counterclaim alleging infringement by plaintiffs of a patent of the defendants and praying for an injunction and accounting may be maintained against the plaintiffs (Equity Rule 30) though it does not contain allegations showing that plaintiffs are inhabitants of, or committed acts of infringement and have a regular place of business within, the district in which they commenced their suit. Section 48 of the Judicial Code (U.S.C. Tit. 28, § 227) does not prevent. P. 287 U. S. 435.

56 F.2d 823 affirmed.

Certiorari, 286 U.S. 541, to review a judgment which, upon appeal from an order dismissing a counterclaim in a suit brought by the petitioners for patent infringement, denied a motion to dismiss the appeal and reversed the order.

Page 287 U. S. 431

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