Brown v. Shannon, 61 U.S. 55 (1857)
U.S. Supreme CourtBrown v. Shannon, 61 U.S. 20 How. 55 55 (1857)
Brown v. Shannon
61 U.S. (20 How.) 55
Where a bill is filed to enforce the specific execution of a contract in relation to the use of a patent right, this Court has no appellate jurisdiction, unless the matter in controversy exceeds two thousand dollars.
The jurisdiction, where the bill is founded upon a contract, differs materially from the jurisdiction on a bill to prevent the infringement of the monopoly of the patentee, or of those claiming under him by legal assignments, and to protect them in their rights to the exclusive use.
The penalty of the bond taken, when an injunction is awarded, is no evidence of the amount or value in dispute.
The case is stated in the opinion of the Court.