PLA.TT tJ. FmE-EXTINGUISgEB JU.NUF'Q CO.
did not· constitute that crime, but was merely a failure to pay a creditor. This has seemed to me the most difficult question presented. It involves in part a construction of the statute law of the state of Washington, and in part the legal conclusion to be drawn from the affidavit. It may be said to raise a doubt, but it is that character of doubt which, under the circumstances of this case, the courts of the demanding state should, in my judgment, be permitted to solve. The party demanded was in that state, doing business there, and it was there that the whole transaction complained of took place. He was subject to the laws of that state; and in a case of interstate extradition, where there is no special hardship, and no evidence of any sinister purpose, it is proper that the courts of the demanding state should construe their own laws, and de· termine to what transactions they apply, and the party charged remanded, unless it is clear that, upon the facts shown by the papers, he cannot properly be found guilty. The prisoner is remanded.
PLATT v. FIRE-EXTINGUISHER MANUF'G CO.' (Circuit Court of Appeals, Third Circuit.
Jar..uary 30, 1894.)
A license which has been declared forfeited by the licensor, according to the terms thereof, for breach of conditions, canrrot be restored to validity by the licensee's subsequent tender of money In payment of royalties, which tender Is rejeoted. An assignment on condition that the assignee shall not make any assignment thereof, or grant any license thereunder, vests In the assignee, untll condltlon broken, a right to sue infringers. Littlefield v. Perry, 21 Wall. 205, followed. The vaUdlty of a patent cannot be denied by one who undertakes W justify his use of It under a license.
SAME-CONDITIONAL AsSIGNMENT-ASSIGNEE'S RIGHT TO SUE INFRINGERS.
Appeal from the Circuit Court of the United States for the East· ern District of Pennsylvania. In Equity. Suit by the Fire-Extinguisher Manufacturing Company against William K. Platt for infringement of patent. Decree for complainant. Defendant appeals. Affirmed. R. A. Parker, (Jerome Carty, on the brief,) for appellant. J. Edward Ackley, for appellee. . Before DALLAS, Circuit Judge, and WALES and GREEN, Distriot Judges. WALES, District Judge. The Fire-Extinguisher Manufacturing Oompany, a corporation of the state of New York, brought suit against William K. Platt, to restrain him from the infringement of
annultbis license upon any failure to faithfully comply with the terms 01' conditions of either of the sections herein contained, and numbered 1st, 3rd. 4th, and 6th, or upon faHure to manufacture or sell machines for six consecu· tive months, or for making-any false or fictitious statement or return, upon giving, in any case of forfeiture, thirty days' notice in writing of his election so to do to the said William K. Platt."
dated July 9,1878, an"n:umbered 205,942, which had to Archibald Gnaham, administrator of the A. [email protected]
By section 9 the defendant agreed not to assign or sell his license to any person not holding a license from the licensor, without the
consent of all the other licensees. SeCtion 10 provides that the sale of the license contrary to· the terms of the ninth section shall amount to and be an absolnte forfeiture, unless at the same time the entire bnsiness of the licensee is also sold; and the licensor agrees not to issue anymore licenses, and not to manufacture any of the patented machines; the purpose being to limit the number of licenses to manufacture under· the patent to seven. The tel'lllS and conditions of the license are extended to and made binding on the . heirs, executors, administrators, and successors of all the parties. The first, third, fourth, and sixth sections, referred to, regulate the payment of royalties, the making of quarterly returns of the machines made, and the keeping of books and accounts by the licensee. On the 15th of March, 1879, the defendant sold his license and all his good will and business to a corporation known as the Consolidated Fire-Extinguisher Company, which soon afterwards became insolvent, and on the 16th of June, 1880, went into the hands of a receiver, who sold its property, patents, and licenses to William N. Frew. The confirmation of the receiver's sale was opposed by the defendant, but was confirmed by the court which had appointed the receiver, on July 18, 1881. Pending these last-mentioned transactions, Archibald Graham had died, and John A. Graham had been appointed administrator d. b. n. of William A. Graham. On the 5th of February, 1881, John A. Graham, as administrator, caused written notice to be served on the Consolidated Fire-Extinguisher Company of his election to forfeit and annul the Platt license, as provided in section 7 of the license; and on the 17th of February, 1881, a similar notice was served on William N. Frew, the purchaser of the Platt license at the receiver's sale. On November 25, 1881, William N. Frew, in consideration of the withdrawal of the defendant's objections to the confirmation of the receiver's sale, executed a reassignment to the defendant of the license which the latter had sold to the Consolidated Fire-Extinguisher Company, and in the following month (December) the defendant rendered an account, and offered to pay royalties, to John A. Graham, but the latter returned Platt's check, and refused to reoognize the validity of his license. The complainant having bought up one or more of the seven original licenses, on January 27, 1879, purchased of Julia L. Burton, widow and administratrix of Augustus W. Burton, all of her deceased husband's interest in the one-quarter part of William A. Graham's invention, and by virtue of this ownership of the Burton interest and of the license claimed the right to make and sell the apparatus covered by the Graham patent; whereupon there ensued a protracted litigation between the complainant and John A. Graham. A bill was filed by the complainant and a cross bill was filed by John A. Graham, in the circuit court of the United States for the western district of Virginia, and on May 17, 1883, the court .entered a decree declaring the Burton interest to be invalid, and incidentally also that all the licenses granted by Archibald Graham, With, the exception of the one issued to Charles T. Holloway, had been tor-
.S¥-p'sequently, a bill of review having been. filed by the complamant, this. decree was vacated .and set aside,. and the cause was ordered to be reheard on the orlginal bill and Qross bill, and the evidence which had been taken under them.. But .the parties litigant subsequently compromised differences by 'Consenting to the entry of a decree by which all the licenses, except the one held byOharles T. Holloway, were to be null and void, leaving the Burton interest unaffected. At the same time the complainant interest to A. Graham, and Charles T. assigned the Holloway surrendered his license to ,him, so that John A. Graham thus of the whole interest in and to the Grah.a.Iqi patent. Immediately thereafter John A. Graham granted a new ,license to. Charles T. HollowllY, and, assigned the Graham patent, .!W-bject only to the Holloway license, to the complainant. The licl:l;nse to Holloway and the assignment to the complainant bear the 1st of April, 1886. In all of these proceedings John A. Grahl'lm. acted in his representative capacity of administrator. The ,faQts contained in the foregoingliltatement are admitted, or abundantly established by the prollfs. The court below was. not called on to declare a forfeiture of the Platt license.. The question the license had alreadY been fOl'feited by the acts of the paIiiespursuant to the .terms. an<l conditions' contained therein. The agreed.that.it hefaUed,to perform his covenants the nlight be forfeited by a written notice served on him, or his successor, and this W$ done. His subsequent tender of money in. pa;m:nent of royalties, and a promise to perform his covenants, could nQtavail to remo'!ethe forfeitufewithout the consent of the licensor a.Ild .the other licensees. Almost identically the same question was pfesented in Hammachef v. Wilson, 26 Fed. 239, in which the court, ,held that a license which had been forfeited by the agreement of the parties would not protect 'an infringer, although he might offer to pay whatever was due for royalties. See, also, White v. Lee, 3 Fed. 222. Not only was Platt license forfeited pursu· ant to the terms of the seventh section' of the license, but the attempted sale and retransfer of the license by Frew to Platt worked an absolute forfeiture, because such sale and transfer were made without consent of the other licensees, and without a sale at the same time of the business of the Consolidated Fire-Extinguisher Company, or of Frew, contrary to: the provisions of the tenth section of the license. The reassignment to Platt was made after the notices of forfeiture had been served,of which both Platt and Frew had knowledge. By a written contract of April 7, 1881, Frew had agreed to transfer to Platt the license "in the condition in which it then stood;" and that condition was well understood by Platt, as appears from his letter to Holloway, of September 21, 1880, in which, after giving the history of the Consolidated Fire.ExtinguisherCompany, he says: "The company has not paid me for my patents and Graham license, and has willfully allowed it [meaning the license] to lapse." This admission by the defendant completes the testimony on this branch of the defense, and leaves no doubt that the license' was duly forfeited and annulled.
PLATT V. FIRE-EXTINGUISHER MANUF'G CO.
The complainant's title to this patent, and his right to sue for an infringement, are questioned because the assignment from John A. Graham to the compla.inant, it is alleged, does not convey the whole monopoly. The deed of assignment stipulates that the com· plainant shall not during the term. of the said patent make any as· signment thereof, or grant any license under it, and shall make eel" tain payments as agreed upon between the company and Graham; and the assignment is also made subject to the license granted to Holloway. With these exceptions, the assignor sells, transfers, and assigns all of his right, title, and interest in and to the patent. Of even date with the assignment to the complainant an agreement was made between the latter and Charles 'r. Holloway, which, after reciting that the complainant is vested with the entire title and in· terest in the patent, and that Holloway is powerless to prosecute any infringer, provides that he may institute proceedings against such infringer whenever the complainant, upon reasonable notice of infringement, shall neglect or refuse to do so. The complainant succeeded to the ownership of John A. Gra· ham, administrator, in the patent, and whatever rights the latter had passed to the complainant, except the right to execute an as· signment or issue a license. Graham had divested himself of. the right to sue for an infringement, and, if the complainant could not sue, no one could. The property would thus become a prey to all who might choose to use it. This would be unreasonable and in· equitable. The title was conveyed to the complainant subject only to certain conditions, and the assignor had no more right to it than a stranger, so long as the conditions should remain unbroken. If the c01I!:plainant should fail to keep his covenants, then the condi·· tions would be broken, and the property would revert to Graham. Until this event happens the complainant has the right to protect his interests by suing infringers of the patent. Littlefield v. Perry, 21 Wall. 205. The other defenses presented by the defendant's counsel have not been overlooked; but, on a view of the whole case, we are all of the opinion that the bill of the complainant was rightly sustained. Infringement by the defendant was not denied, and the validity of the patent could not be disputed by one who undertook to justify his use of it under a license. Kinsman v. Parkhurst, 18 How. 289; Brown v. Lapham, 27 Fed. 77. Moreover, the validity of the pat· ent had been repeatedly recognized by judicial decisions. The license had been forfeited by the defendant or by his successor, and the title to the patent had passed to the complainant by the assign· ment from Graham, which also gave it the right to bring this suit. The decree of the circuit court is affirmed.
BRAKE-SaOE co. et aI. v. DETROIT S'J.'EEL " SPRING CO. et aL Court, E. D. Michigan.
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January 25, 1894.)
PATBNTS-lNVEN'l'ION-ERROR IN DRAWINGS.
An error in 'thedrawings made by a solicitor can have no weight in disparagement of the invention, where it is such as to suggest, to persons familiar with the art, a practical Identity with a prior device, and to warn them that the language of the inventor In the specifications, clearly deaCl'lblng the actual invention, is rather to be followed than the Inacdrawing.. " In a claim for railwll.y brake shoes, the use of the words, "or otherwise so .shaping them as to bear upon the :flange and those portions of the tIre which arc not worn In rolling," cannot operate to shut out subsequent inventors, when the specifications and drawings fall to exemplify, in a practical form, the Idea of bearing on the parts not worn by the rail.
SAKE-ANTICIPATION-IDEA NOT EXE\,£PLIFIED.
One Who, by overcoming difficulties which for years have baffied all others, perfects a device which satisfactorily supplies a long-existing and Imperative need, and supersedes all other appliances, both at home and aQrQad, :proves the exercise of inventive faculty, notwithstanding that the from existing devices seems comparatively slight. 4. SAMJl::.....nAJLWAY BRAKE SnoEs. The Ross patent, No. 292,861, for a railway brake shoe, shows patenta: ble Invention over the English patent to Steel, No. 1,763, of 1875. 47 Fed. 894, reaffirmed.
In Bill for infringement of a patent. A preliminary injunction was. heretofore granted. See 47 Fed. 894. Decree for com
The complainants are the assignees of the Ross Brake-Shoe Company, a New Jersey corporation, to which !:\ad been assigned by George P. Ross all his right, title, claim, and interest in.le,tters patent of the United States No. 292,861, for an improvement in railway brake shoes, granted to said Ross February 5, 1884. The bill, of complaint charges that defendants are infringing the right secured by the letters patent, and prays an injunction, an accounting, and decree for profits. The answer asserts the invalidity of the Ross patent, and denies "that George P. Ross was the original or first inventor of the thing patented in said patent, or of any material or substantial part thereof, but says that the same had been, prior to the alleged invention by him, shown and described.ill! the United States pate:nt of George W. Brill, dated February 22, 1876, No: 173,890, and in the English patent of James Steel, dated May 11, 1875, No. 1,768, and in the printed publication, Spon's Dictionary of Engineering, published in London, England, by E. & F. N. Spon, in 1870, in volume 2 .of' said publication, article 'Brake,' p. 589, and that said Ross patent is therefore wh()lly null and void." In fact, the defense is based solely on the want of patentable novelty and Invention. ' The motion for i:njunction WllS fully argued before Judge Brown upon' affidavits and counter affidavits, and the prior state of the art was discussed by counsel and duly considered by the court. Judge Brown sustained the patent, and granted the injunction. His opinion is reported in 47 Fed. 894. The case is now here upon pleadings and proofs. It is claimed by the defendants that their proofs make a stronger showing against the validity of the patent than that made upon the argument of the motion for injunction, and are further supplemented by the original drawing of the Ross patent, which was not introduced on the argument of the motion.